WHAT IS THE TRUTH ON THE CANDIDA STORY


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The Candida photo. For those not familiar with this story it was a photo of UPDF soldiers forcefully shaving the pubic hair of a woman in Gulu barracks.The picture appeared in the Monitor edition of 11th May 1999. ‘I was the MD and Editor in Chief of the Daily Monitor. Charles Onyango-Obbo was the Managing Editor effectively in charge of editorial work and my No 2.Odoobo Bichachi was the only other Samia journalist in Monitor out of over 40.The company was well structured and built on sound business principles. But yes, we sometimes differed in opinion which is normal. The founders of Monitor were all highly opinionated journalists who never easily agreed without debates. But we finally always agreed and moved forward.

Ask State House and CMI why they took Candida file from my office complete with all the investigation material including many fotos taken in Gulu barracks. We used some of those materials to win the Candida case.Candida lost her case because her lawyers the then Honourables Jacob Olanya and Norbert Mao did a lousy job for her.

Yes, out of humanitarian considerations Monitor provided some basic needs items to Candida while she was in Prison. But that was it. We did not know her before we published her foto. She came to us herself after the foto was published. The foto had been brought to us by a UPDF soldier from Gulu barracks.

Rwanda has never controlled Monitor in any way. And Charles never tried to usurp my power or to fight for a position.It was not necessary at all……..The person who posted Hitler’s foto on State House website made a big political statement on the direction our country is taking.’

Wafula Oguttu
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT AND UAH.

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  1. Peter Okello Maber,

    If you are the true Wafula who was the then Managing Editor of the Monitor, then you know that the Lakony picture was a fake. Even Lakony herself while in prison lamented that she had been used and dumped by the Monitor especially when Monitor neglected her. She actually said that she was made to tell lies even to the President in order to sustain the Rwandan/Monitor lie and wanted to go and apologize to the president. For a start the uniform the soldiers in the Monitor wore were never the standard UPDF uniforms by then and have never been up to today. It is unfortunate, that Lakony died and can no longer tell her story, much to the relief of the Monitor chiefs who used her and indirectly caused her early and premature death.

    Regarding the board room rift that existed then between Wafula Ogutu and Onyango Obbo, it is to be expected that none of the parties will admit to it publically – actually much the same way they will never admit that the Lakony story was a fake because then that would raise questions of integrity about some of the actors involved. Thy say that once you have lied, maintain the lie at whatever cost!!

    When the security agencies searched Monitor premises, some of the internal emails found exchanged between Wafula and Obbo indicated a serious rift between the two camps. Obbo’s camp accused Wafula of: stuffing Bantus (Samias specifically) into the Monitor and also sticking too long into the position of Managing Editor which Obbo thought it was was his turn to hold, while the Wafula camps accused the Obbo camp of a Luo (Obbo and the late Kevin Aliro) conspiracy to undermine Wafula! Also a letter smuggled from prison in which Lakony was lamenting of how she was used to lie and later being abandoned by the Monitor was recovered. These documents are available somewhere!!!

    As for the relations between Monitor and Rwanda – that is a long story and to-date Andrew Mwenda after leaving Monitor, is now a fulltime public relations officer for Rwanda in Uganda using his magazine – The Independent.

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