A journalist for Uganda's tabloid Red Pepper has been charged and sent to Luzira prison for demanding money from an MP with intent to steal, according to a report in The Monitor.


Mr Julius Odeke, a resident of Namanve is accused of demanding Shs500, 000 from the Busiro East MP, Ms Susan Nakawuzi as inducement to stop publishing negative stories about her.
Odeke on July 1 wrote an article in the Red Pepper stating that Nakawuzi had been beaten by her husband for dating a fellow FDC Member of Parliament.

The documents in court indicate that after the article, the journalist went to the MP and demanded money to ensure that more bad stories about her are not run.

He appeared before Buganda Road Grade One Magistrate Stella Amabiris and denied the charges.

He was remanded until today after failing to be bailed.

According to the charge sheet, Odeke was arrested at Mateos in Kampala on Monday after he allegedly received Shs100, 000 from the MP.

Click here to read the full report, posted on allafrica.com.