VIDEO: Woman faces jail for threatening to ‘treat president to her private parts’
COURT | Buganda Road Chief Magistrates Court has remanded a woman accused of insulting the person and privacy of President Museveni,
Susan Namata, 21, was charged with two counts of cyber harassment and offensive communication.
It’s alleged that in August, while in Kampala and Wakiso districts, Namata, a resident of Najjera in Wakiso, together with others still at large, recorded a video in which they referred to President Museveni as “buttocks,” faeces and also threatened to “throw their private parts in his teeth” if he doesn’t order for Bobi Wine’s release from Makindye Military Barracks.
In August, Robert Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine, was arrested by Museveni’s guards during a chaotic electioneering in Arua District and detained by the military, leading to protests.
It’s also alleged Namata later uploaded and distributed the obscene video on WhatsApp according to prosecution disturbed the peace and privacy of the president.
On Wednesday, she denied the charges before Buganda Road court Grade One magistrate Stella Maria Amabilis who remanded her to Luzira until tomorrow November 1.
According to the Computer Misuse Act 2011, “Any person who wilfully and repeatedly uses electronic communication to disturb or attempts to disturb the peace, quiet or right of privacy of any person with no purpose of legitimate communication whether or not a conversation ensues commits a misdemeanour and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding twenty four currency points or imprisonment not exceeding one year or both.”
Now Namata joins the legion of social media users who have been arrested on allegations of insulting Museveni online since the Computer Misuse Act was operationalised.
This month, police detectives arrested Moses Nsubuga, who goes by the moniker Viboyo, for singing a song in which he apparently used profanity to refer to establishment leaders such as Museveni and Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga.
In 2007, Makerere University researcher Dr Stella Nyanzi, a virulent government critic on social media, was charged at the same court with, with the same charges for allegedly referring to Museveni as a “pair of buttocks” in a Facebook post.
In another bizarre case earlier this year, a student of YMCA in Jinja was jailed and later sent for retrial after pleading guilty to inundating a female MP with love messages that court deemed contravened the computer use and cyber law.
Brian Isiko was sentenced to years by Buganda Road Court chief magistrate for the text messages and repeated calls to Kabarole Woman MP Sylvia Rwabogo.
However, he challenged his sentence and the high court quashed it, but sent him back to Buganda Road Court for retrial.