Former Sports Journalist released on police bailJuly 17, 2019 10:17 am
By Shamim Natebwa.
Former journalist turned Joseph Kabuleta was last evening released on police bond after spending four nights in jail following his arrest in connection to the abusive remarks he on his Facebook account.
Kabuleta was arrested last Friday evening and charged with offensive communication and cyber harassment against the person of the president contrary to the computer misuse act.
According to Police, Kabuleta repeatedly posted grossly offensive messages under ‘Joseph Kabuleta Weekly Rant Returns’.
Section 25 of the Computer Misuse Act, 2011, criminalizes such acts of communication.
Before his release, his Lawyers led by Daniel Walyemera had filed a Habe as corpus application before the high court to have their client released or presented before court alive or dead.
Susan Magara key suspect applies for bailJuly 17, 2019 10:14 am
By Ruth Anderah.
The High court in Kampala has set July 30th 2019 to hear an application filed by one of the Susan Magara key suspect Patrick Agaba alias Pato seeking his release on bail.
Pato who was arrested and extradited from South Africa on charges of murder was however last month charged before Makindye chief magistrates court with the kidnap of another woman Joan Alupo.
Prosecution states that on May 1st2013 Agaba with others still at large while in Muyenga within Kampala, kidnap Alupo and keep her for 2 days with an intent to procure a ransom of $ 400, 000 from her relatives in exchange for her freedom.
Pato however did not plead to the charges which are only triable by the High court and exercised his right to apply for bail before a court with competent jurisdiction.
In his bail application filed by his lawyer Robert Mackay, Pato asks court to grant him temporary freedom in order to be able to fend for his young family of a wife and 2 children him being the sole bread winner.
The bail application will be presided over by Justice Yasin Nyanzi.
Chameleon dismissed allegations to fight Bobi WineJuly 17, 2019 10:14 am
By Prossy kisakye.
The national mobiliser of Democratic Party Joseph Mayanja aka Jose chameleon has dismissed allegations that he joined politics to fight the leader of people power pressure group Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine.
Speaking to the media at the party’s headquarters in Kampala, Mayanja said that the ongoing rumors to fight Bobi Wine are baseless stressing that Bobi Wine is his childhood friend whom he cannot fight or feel jealousy of his achievements.
He added that recently he held talks with Bobi Wine and agreed to work together in the transformation road map.
Barclays bank of Uganda appoints interim MDJuly 17, 2019 10:12 am
By Ritah Kemigisa.
Nazim Mahmood has been appointed as the Interim Managing Director for Barclays bank of Uganda.
This follows the departure of Jha Rakesh who has been at helm of the bank for the last five years.
The Bank’s Board Chairman Swithin Munyantwali has applauded Rakesh for working tirelessly to improve the value of the bank.
It is during his tenure that the bank was at the forefront of introducing the latest banking technology and products for customers, most notably Cash Send and also boosting the bank’s internet banking platform.
Commenting about his departure, Rakesh says it was a personal decision to leave as he is to pursue his own dream and start up a business of his own.
UCC defends computer misuse lawJuly 16, 2019 1:00 pm
By Ritah Kemigisa.
The Uganda communications commission has called upon people to be careful and avoid trumping on others rights as they express themselves on social media and other platforms
This is after many have criticized the communications regulator of using bad laws like the misuse of computer Act, 2011 to deny people their freedom of speech expression.
Many people have gotten into trouble with the law over accusations of insulting or annoying the President with the latest being Journalists turned politician Joseph Kabuleta.
The commission’s public relations officer Ibrahim Bhosa says the act in its current form is not bad since it offers one a chance to apologize and retract their statements which are deemed offensive.
Bhosa adds that Kabuleta still has the chance to retract the rant he made on his Facebook page that annoyed the president.
Computer Misuse Act is irrelevant-LawyerJuly 16, 2019 12:00 pm
By Ritah Kemigisa.
Lawyers have called for the removal of section 24 and 25 of the computer misuse Act, 2011 saying they are not clear and that they infringe on the rights of many especially freedom of speech and expression.
This follows the arrest of Joseph Kabuleta a Journalist turned pastor for insulting or annoying the president after he posted on his Facebook page alleging that that there was a plot to ensure that the president’s son Major Muhoozi Kainerugaba succeeds him as the president.
Lawyer Denis Nyombi says the two sections and the act at large are irrelevant since they are a replica of other laws like sedition which were expunged from the constitution for being vague.
He adds that they do not clearly define what amounts to disturbing or insulting the president and as such is a bad law which government is using to deprive people of their rights.