Uganda Law Society Runs to Court To have Sections of the Computer Misuse Act repealed.
Uganda Law society has petitioned the Constitutional court seeking to anull sections 24 and 25 of the Computer Misuse Act saying the sections execessively infringe on the rights and freedoms of expression of citizens.
In a supporting affidavit to the Petition sworn by the society's president Simon Peter Kinobe , the sections spell out two offenses of Cyber harassment( using a computer to publish and distrubute an obscene message ) and that of offensive communication ( repeatedly distributing the obscene message electronically with a motive of disturbing one's peace ) but; the language and particulars used in these offenses are vague , subjective and not clear to inform an
accused of what crimes they committed .
Kinobe adds that the contentious sections further give powers to the DPP to selectively prosecute those politicians and activists who post their views on the internet that the government deems as objections .
According to Kinobe this type of restriction is unacceptable in a free and democratic multi-party system
He contends that the organisation he heads is an ardent believer in the rule of law and it can not just look on as Ugandans continue to unjustfiably suffer at the hands of enforcement agencies of these ambiguous laws , hence forth asking the Constitutional court to intervene.
Among the notable people who have since been charged in court over this challenged Act are; a Makerere University Researcher Dr. Stellah Nyanzi who is on remand at Luzira prison over a Facebook post that Prosecution says offended the peace of President M7, a YMCA student Brian Isiko who is accused of sending love messages to the Kabarole District Woman MP Sylvia Rwabwoogo.
Others are some local musicians and bloggers.