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Court Orders Police to Release Robert Shaka

Nakawa High Court has Thursday ordered the release of detained social media activist, check Robert Shaka, buy information pills Chimp Corps report.

This followed a petition by Shaka’s lawyer, Nicholas Opiyo, seeking a court directive to have the controversial activist released since he had spent 48 hours in detention.

Shaka is currently detained at Police’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) barracks at Kireka, Kampala on charges related to computer misuse and offending high ranking government officials.

“It is hereby ordered as follows:  The Applicant Shaka Robert detained at Special Investigations Division, Kireka, Kampala be unconditionally released,” directed Senior Principal Grade 1 Magistrate, Alex Mushabe Karocho, in the presence of Counsel Nicholas Opiyo for the applicant.

“The commandant and or his subordinated is/are hereby directed immediately to comply with this order,” he added.

According to the charge and caution statement administered, police points out two reasons for Shaka’s arrest; that using computers and other electronic devices, he issued offensive communications against the sovereign state of Uganda, brought it into hatred and contempt and accordingly committing the offence of promotion of sectarianism contrary to section 41 of the Penal Code Act.

To this effect, Opiyo said he found it “unreasonable that police are using an act that is currently challenged before the Supreme Court” to have his client detained.

“The second offence laid down is that using computers and other electronic devices, Shaka issued offensive communication against president Yoweri Museveni, Janet Museveni, Kale Kayihura, a one ‘Mbabazi’ and a one ‘Kelen’ thereby committing the offence of offensive communication contrary to section 25 of the Computer Misuse Act,” added Opiyo.


Shaka is today expected to appear at Nakawa High Court.

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