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    How Can You Support Such A Stupid Bill! Journalists Set To Petition Constitutional Court Over MP Nsereko’s Controversial Computer Misuse Bill 2022…

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    L-R: MPs Magogo, Muhammad Nsereko, Dan Kimosho and Namugga

    Journalists under their umbrella body the Uganda Journalists Association (UJA) are set to petition the Constitutional Court challenging the controversial Computer Misuse (Amendment) bill 2022 which was passed by parliament on Thursday.

    Early this year, parliament gave Kampala Central Member of Parliament (MP) Muhammad Nsereko Zaake the green light to move and process the controversial bill which many claim is targeting social media users and journalists.

    According to the passed bill, it is criminal to write, send or share any information through a computer which is likely to ridicule, degrade or demean another person or a group of people, tribe, ethnicity, religion or gender.

    It further criminalises recording audio or video of someone without his/her consent or unauthorized access to information or data.

    The parliamentary Committee on ICT, chaired by Budiope East MP Moses Magogo, which proceeded with the bill further put penalties on persons who commit computer misuse offences through creating pseudo accounts on social media platforms like; YouTube, Whatsapp, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, WeChat, TikToko, SinaWeibo, QQ, Telegram, Snapchat, Kuaishou, Quora, Qzone, Reddit, Skype, Microsoft Team and Linkedin.

    According to the bill, any person convicted of the offense of misusing a computer will be imprisoned for five years or pay a fine of Shs.16m or both according to the presiding judicial officer’s discretion.

    The Bill further indicates that a convict will not be allowed to participate in the elective politics or hold public office for ten years.

    However, Mawogola South member of parliament Gorreth Namugga dissented with the minority report which was presented on the floor of parliament by Dan Kimosho, the Kazo county MP on behalf of Nsereko who is in America insisting that the bill is unconstitutional.

    Namugga challenged, “The entire bill should not be left standing as part of our laws as all the clauses are already catered for in the existing legislation and in some instances offends the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda.

    “The fundamental rights to access information electronically and to express oneself over the computer networks are utterly risked by this bill.”

    She added, “If the bill is passed into law, it will stifle the acquisition of information, the penalties proposed in the bill are overly harsh and inappropriate when compared to similar offences in other legislations.”

    She was opposed by a number of legislators who heckled her during the passing of the bill.

    She threatened to take the battle further to the Constitutional Court challenging it.

    Speaker Annet Anita Among who presided over the sitting insisted that it is their Constitutional right to challenge the said bill in the Constitutional Court.

    “Honourable members, I can hear some of you say we are going to court. If you want to go to court, please do. Let’s create work for the court,” Among said.

    Emmanuel Kirunda, the Secretary General for UJA has told the Grapevine that they have already asked for certified copies of the passed bill from the Clerk to Parliament to study it clause by clause with the help of attorneys to establish grounds to challenge it in the Constitutional Court.

    Kirunda explained that like other stakeholders, UJA was also invited to give their views on MP Nsereko’s Computer Misuse bill and protested against the entire bill like other stakeholders including wondering where the ICT Committee got the majority stakeholders who supported the controversial bill.

    He insisted that the bill was passed in bad faith and the legislators are targeting undercover investigative journalists who investigate their stories without seeking consent from the source.

    He explained that the entire bill is violating the country’s constitution and other international human rights on freedom of expression.

    He said that if the bill is signed by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and becomes law, it will facilitate corruption in the country because serious journalists will fear to expose the corrupt government officers who eat taxpayers’ money since they can base on the said bill to criminalise them.

    On the issue of people who are using social media to abuse others, Kirunda advised the government that instead of introducing harsh laws where they will end up imprisoning the whole population, let them establish which people are misbehaving on social media, especially those abusing government officials and celebrating their deaths.

    Kirunda wondered how senior journalists like Kimosho and human right lawyer Nsereko could support such a stupid bill.

    He pleaded with President Museveni not to sign it for the good of the country.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    THIS IS WAR! Don’t Think You Are Big Because You Are Wearing A Colonial Wig On Your Head – Bobi Wine Stings D/Speaker Tayebwa, Applauds Zaake…

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    NUP boss Bobi Wine (R) and D/Speaker Thomas Tayebwa (L)

    National Unity Platform (NUP) leaders have stung Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Thomas Tayebwa noting that he is seated with his ‘idiotism and emptiness.’

    Their statements follow a scuffle that happened on Tuesday, 29th, November during plenary where Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament, Francis Zaake fell out with Tayebwa.

    Appearing at the party headquarters in Kamwokya, Kampala, NUP president Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu alias Bobi Wine furiously noted that they are not stupid and that history will tell.

    “Hon.Zaake, wherever you are I want you to know that me as an individual am proud of you, NUP is proud of you and all Ugandans. Thank you for not conforming to the nonsense of Parliament. Thank you for not shutting up. Thank you doing what exactly you were elected to do,” he said.

    Bobi Wine added, “To all of you leaders, we are elected to represent our people, stop this nonsense of talking about policy, there is no policy in Uganda. The only policy is to maintain the freedom of our people. We have been reduced to seeking rights to be human beings. We don’t have the right to be a human beings.

    “To you leaders, before you discuss anything else, before you talk about how much money they are going to give to Roko, before you discuss how much money is going to be stolen, before you discuss the increment of the Members of Parliament, let us discuss about the liberty and freedom and the human rights of our people.”

    Bobi Wine adduced that he was in shock of how he saw Tayebwa respond to Zaake’s issue that he raised during plenary.

    He divulged, “But on the other side, I shouldn’t have been shocked because this very Tayebwa Thomas, on the 28th, August, 2020, he was filmed torturing an employee of UMEME who caught him stealing power.

    “So to you Mr.Tayebwa wherever you are, we are not fools, you can pose off, you can feel so powerful, with that stupid colonial wig on your head. But we want to tell you that you are being watched and history will treat you exactly the way you treated Ugandans.

    “To all our fellow leaders, what should be priority now, are our leaders, they are abducting our people and killing them and you know that, that should be on your lips and all TV stations and radios.

    NUP deputy spokesperson, Waiswa Mufumbiro also sarcastically noted that now that Tayebwa is happy, he should take his family for holiday.

    “Some of you behave like you have habits of eating dead people. People like Tayebwa, I think you find fun because you beat up a person, I think you even eat dead bodies,” he said.

    Mufumbiro contended, “You give ultimatums because you are working for someone who compelled to cross from your former ideologies to necessitate yourself to feel comfortable in that small position of robbery and thuggery where you are seated with comfort of maximum idiotism and you think that your going to shape this country with your emptiness, Mr.Tayebwa. We know you have no respect for humanity but it is very unfortunate.”

    TAYEBWA SCOFFS AT ZAAKE

    During plenary yesterday, Zaake raised an issue of increased abductions where he cited Rule 78B and C, Rule 85 and part 5 of Appendix F of the Rules of Procedure.

    He said, “Mr.Speaker I raise on a procedurial matter under Rule 78B and C, Rule 85 and part 5 of Appendix F of the Rules of Procedure which requires us as MPs to base our conduct on full publication of the public interest.

    “The abduction of citizens especially here in the Central Region has reached a crisis level. The victims are mostly supporters of the Opposition.”

    He further cited cases of former presidential candidate, Joseph Kabuleta and Sheikh Ramathan Yahaya who were arrested on Monday in broad daylight by armed men.

    He added, “For 24 days now, NUP supporter, Kavuma Jamshid who also doubles as my president’s bodyguard was also abducted with three other youths and only this month alone, 100s of youths have been abducted and are nowhere to be seen.”

    It is here that Tayebwa stopped Zaake from speaking and asked him to sit down so he could be guided.

    Zaake however insisted and kept speaking until the microphone was turned off. He later caused commotion in Parliament.

    “If you (Zaake) want to do drama, go and do it in your constituency, you can’t do it on this floor. If you want pictures of people holding you up and how you were arrested to use during campaigns, we can organise for you, we are near national theatre,” Tayebwa warned.

    The Deputy Speaker later adjourned the session and ordered it to resume after 30 minutes.

     

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    Parliament To Censure Minister Namuganza On Grounds Of Indiscipline…

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    The Deputy Chairperson of the Committee on Rules, Privileges and Discipline Hon. Charles Onen (L) tables the committee report on Hon. Persis Namuganza (R)

    Parliament is set to censure State Minister, for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Persis Namuganza on grounds of indiscipline.

    Appearing before plenary today, the Deputy Chairperson of the Committee on Rules, Privileges and Discipline, Charles Onen tabled a committee report on the alleged misconduct and misbehaviour of Persis Namuganza.

    This comes after reports from the Committee on Rules, Privileges and Discipline indicating that Namuganza attacked Parliament that it is powerless and does not have the powers to censure her.

    Namuganza’s attack came in relation to her involvement in the Naguru-Nakawa land allocations.

    Parliament indicted Namuganza in May 2022 following a report by the Adhoc Committee on Naguru-Nakawa land where she was faulted for falsifying a presidential directive that saw Uganda Land Commission allocate land to certain entities.

    MPs during the plenary that sat on 13th, July 2022, noted that Namuganza went on and ridiculed Parliament and its leadership in relation to the findings of the committee.

    Bukooli County Central MP, Hon. Solomon Silwany however noted that such an attack on the leaders of Parliament affects the integrity of Parliament.

    “She should explain her conduct to us on why she would go out on social media and TV and bash the way Parliament is working,” he added.

    Namuganza however denied allegations and tasked her accusers to table evidence pinning her.

    Mr.Onen informed Parliament today that it is alleged that Hon Namuganza also went on media questioning the powers and integrity of the presiding officers to form Adhoc Committees to investigate the Nakawa-Naguru land allocation.

    “In its observation, the Committee found that the conduct and behaviour of Hon Namuganza constitutes gross misconduct and misbehaviour and is not befitting of a Member of Parliament, more so a Minister,” he said.

    Mr.Onen further revealed that the Committee on Rules, Privileges, and Discipline recommended that the House invokes Article 118(1) (b) of the Constitution and Rule 106 of the Rules of Procedure to censure Hon Persis Namuganza.

    Efforts to reach Namuganza were futile as she failed to pick up our phone calls.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    KEEP YOUR MONEY; We Shall Not Accept Homosexuality, Lesbianism And Abortion – First Lady Slams European Funders Over LGBT…

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    Minister Kataha Museveni (L) and deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa (R)

    First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Kataha Museveni has slammed European funders over LGBT and asked them to keep their money if it is one of the conditions to fund Uganda.

    It should be remembered that during the recent 61st session of the African, Caribbean and Pacific States Parliamentary Assembly and 42nd Session of the ACP-European Union Joint Parliamentary Assembly (ACP-EU JPA) in Maputo, Mozambique on 31st October 2022, Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Thomas Tayebwa, who represented Uganda warned delegates that there is need for the Contonou Agreement to broadly define human rights in relation to homosexuality.

    Tayebwa told members who attended that the agreement contained clauses promoting homosexuality and abortion, a practice he said Uganda will vehemently oppose.

    “We have discovered that with the Post Cotonou agreement, there are hidden clauses concerning human rights. Clauses to do with sexuality, promotion of LGBT/homosexuality and clauses to do with abortion,” he said.

    He insisted, “We are a society that is not ready for homosexuality and we are a society that is not ready for abortion. As Africa, we believe that the institution of the family is at the core of whatever we are doing.”

    Appearing at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds today, as the chief guest at the National Conference on Ethics and Morality, Hon. Janet Museveni noted that they must stand up and let the world know who their God is, what determines their perspectives and who they follow.

    She revealed, “Why do we say we will not allow homosexuality and lesbianism in our society, we follow a living God who gives us the moral perspectives to live by.

    “It does not matter, those who threaten us that they won’t give us money can keep their money, God will provide for us.”

    At the same conference today, Tayebwa recalled the contentious discussion on LGBT at the recent Joint Parliamentary Assembly of African, Caribbean and Pacific states and European Union (ACP-EU) in Maputo.

    He disclosed that when he went to Maputo, he was shocked to find all kinds of people from everywhere, private jets had landed, the issue was to lobby ACP-EU to pass a resolution that to access the next European funding to African, Caribbean and Pacific states, they must acknowledge LGBT.

    Tayebwa propounded, “They were saying we must acknowledge LGBT and also amend our laws to allow it, they were also saying we must provide money for abortion in the budget, that if you don’t have money we shall provide it to you. That’s when some of us said no.

    “What is unfortunate is that some people look at our stand on LGBT as abnormal, a certain European MP said to me ‘we can see you are spreading hatred’. Then we have the problem of fear, some people warned me that I could be denied Visa to certain countries,” Tayebwa said.

    By Hope Kalamira

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