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Presidential Advisor, Blogger Charged for Harassing Hon. Anita Among On Facebook

Detectives at Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) headquarters commanded by the Ag. CP Media Crimes Department, have today produced to the Anti- Corruption Court a blogger identified as Brian Kinene, a resident of Bukapere Zone, Kaisigo Ward, in Kamuli Municipality Kamuli District.

Kinene was charged together with Ms. Hellen Namutamba, a Minister of Tourism in the Kyabazinga Kingdom, and apparently a Presidential advisor in charge Operation Wealth Creation.

The duo was charged of Offensive Communication Contrary to Section 25 of the Computer Misuse Act, and Contrary to Section 21 of the Computer Misuse Act 2011 respectively.

Ms. Hellen Namutamba however never appeared, and Criminal summons were issued against her to appear to Anti-Corruption Court on 24th July 2020.

It is alleged that on 8th May 2020 and 10th May 2020, Kinene who was financially facilitated by Ms. Hellen Namutamba wilfully and repeatedly used electronic communication to disturb the peace of Hon. Anita Among Annett using Facebook posts that were not only defamatory in nature, but also assaulting her integrity with no purpose of legitimate communication.

According to Police, the blogger whose actions were in relative anonymity, was detected by the investigators using the high proficient technology, that ably identified, located, and later on enabled the police to apprehended the suspect.

CID spokesperson ASP Charles Twine said that cybercrimes especially offensive communication have been ubiquitous and of late, reaching unprecedented scale ever since the Computer became central in governance and management of global commerce as well as entertainment, and if not mitigated, it can have adverse effects to our society Uganda.

“As police we are very grateful that the leadership at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, has prioritized the fight against Cybercrimes and we shall always team with them within the available legal framework to detect and avert this transgression,” he said

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He also appealed to the general public to be assertive and report any person(s) to whom they have reasonable grounds to believe that their actions are criminal, and intended to hurt or ridicule the society’s general excepted standards.

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