Hudson Ngotowa, a
supporter of Mbale Woman Member of Parliament, Connie Galiwango is in trouble for
He was picked up from his home in Bulambuli district
on Saturday and held briefly at Mbale Central Police station where he was
charged with four counts of offensive communication under the computer misuse
The case is registered
under CRB 1597/2019. Information obtained by Police indicates that Ngotowa
posted messages on different WhatsApp groups abusing Nakayenze’s rival, Lydia Wanyoto.
“We have rejected you
Lydia, go back to Somalia and sell bullets and guns” reads one of the posts. According
to police, Ngotowa posted the messages on IUIU youth Forum on August, 24th
2019, Elgon Voice on August 28th, 2019 and NRM media Panelist
between 1st-4, September 2019.
John Robert Tukei, the Elgon Region Police Spokesperson, says they have forwarded
the suspect’s file to the Resident State Attorney for sanctioning.
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Ngotowa has denied allegations of insulting Wanyoto, saying he was only
replying to a post by Wanyoto’s supporter Rogers Wandulu on WhatsApp.
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The Mbale Woman MP, Connie
Nakayenze Galiwango told journalists that the arrest of her supporter is politically
motivated with intentions of intimidating them into silence. Wanyoto hasn’t yet
commented as she never picked nor returned calls from our reporter.
25 of the Computer Misuse Act, 2011 provides “any person who willfully
and repeatedly uses 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
misdemeanor and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding twenty four
currency points or imprisonment not exceeding one year or both”.