On Friday evening, police arrested evangelist Joseph Kabuleta with a colleague, Godwin Matsiko, at Forest Mall, Lugogo, Kampala.
He is now facing charges of offensive communication against the president under Section 25 of the Computer Misuse Act, 2011, and is being held at the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) Kireka.
“This is to inform the public that a team of detectives from the Special Investigation Division has today arrested Joseph Kabuleta, a self-styled pastor and put him under custody. He has been apprehended because of offensive communication against the person of the President,” read a statement from the police spokesperson, Mr Fred Enanga, on Friday.
Police claim, the writer repeatedly posted offensive messages, under ‘Joseph Kabuleta Weekly Rant contrary to the Computer Misuse Act.
The evolving media landscape has granted a safety net on cyberspace beyond the gated community where the state uses a compliant media as a cog in its transactional politics.
This has given rise to those who speak power to the truth.
Kabuleta and the others have adopted the ‘publish and be damned’ adage, and are not ready to play within the ambit of traditional media.
It comes with consequences as Enanga warns: “The joint forces will continue using the acquired capabilities to monitor comments on social media and any offenders will be investigated and punished.”
Source: The Daily Monitor