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Facing a libel lawsuit, The Sunday Monitor apologized and retracted  “defamatory statements connecting [Uganda’s First Lady Janet Museveni ] to land grabbing,” Ugandan newspaper New Vision reported.

The Monitor is a local Kampala, Uganda newspaper, according to Mondo Times.

The Sept. 23 apology is published on the Monitor’s website. According to the apology, the Monitor wanted to “fully retract” a May 27 “comment, in the parliamentary column, which claimed that the MPs had accused” Janet Musevani “of hiding behind front companies to grab land in the area.”

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The Monitor called those claims “wholly inaccurate” and that its report was “based on a flawed premise” with “regrettable” wording.  The newspaper explained: “The MPs from the area did not accuse the First Lady during their press conference. None of them named her; neither did we find any evidence to link her to the said companies.”

The newspaper must “pay costs of the case” as well, according to New Vision.

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Uganda Newspaper Apologizes to, Retracts Claims about First Lady Janet Museveni in Libel Settlement

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