Police have spoken out on the arrest of sports analyst-turned preacher, Joseph Kabuleta, saying he is being investigated over offensive communication.
“This is to inform the public that a task team of detectives from the Special Investigations Division, have arrested Joseph Kabuleta, a self -styled pastor, and put him under custody,” said police spokesperson Fred Enanga in a statement on Friday.
“He has been apprehended because of offensive acts of communication against the person of the President,” he added.
According to the preliminary information, said Enanga, the writer repeatedly posted grossly offensive messages, under the “Joseph Kabuleta Weekly Rant Returns,” referring to the Fountain of Honour as “a gambler, thief and liar.”
Enanga said Section 25 of the Computer Misuse Act, 2011, criminalises such acts of offensive communication.
Kabuleta, who recently stole the limelight after kissing Pastor Mbonye’s shoes, has in recent months slammed Museveni and First Lady in multiple controversial social media posts.
“We once again want to caution all persons who glorify such acts of offensive communication, particularly through social media, that it is public space that is not protected,” said Enanga.
Kabuleta describes himself as a Bible teacher, saying he was called to awaken the Church towards the reality of the soon return of Jesus Christ.
The previous columnist at New Vision is the founder of the Watchman Ministries, Uganda and author of the book Strength of Character.
Kabuleta recently launched a scathing attack on Vision Group boss Robert Kabushenga and New Vision after the publication carried stories about Pastor Aloysius Bugingo’s troubled marriage.
Enanga cautioned “all those who glorify such communication particularly through social media, that though it is public space, it is not protected. Therefore, any postings of false fabrications will attract punishment in accordance with the laws.”
He said the public is further advised to think first about what they say on social media.
“The joint forces will continue using the acquired capabilities to monitor comments on social media and any offenders will be investigated and punished,” said Enanga.
“Investigations into the conduct of Joseph Kabuleta are ongoing and more information will be availed as investigations unfold.”
It remains unclear where Kabuleta is being held.