Another university student has been jailed for stalking a female Member of Parliament.
James Omara, a computer science student at Kampala International University is accused of stalking Omoro district Woman Member of Parliament, Catherine Lamwaka after he sent her a Valentine’s Day message.
Omara was arrested last Thursday by Parliamentary Police, after the female MP sued for offensive communication. The 3rd year University student was arraigned before Buganda Road Court on Thursday and charged with offensive communication. The 23-year-old pledged guilty to the charges and was remanded to Luzira Prison until April 17.
According to the charge sheet, “Happy Valentines My MP” is one of the three messages quoted by the MP in her legal suit. “Why are you so desperate to talk to me now, continue driving” is the other message quoted by the MP as having been sent to her by the accused.
However, despite quoting the Valentines Day message in her legal suit, MP Catherine Lwamwaka denied the accused had sent her a love message when the our reporter reached out to her for a comment on Thursday.
“He (Omara) did not send me a love message, do you know offensive communication? Does offensive communication mean a love message?” she charged at this reporter.
“It was offensive communication but it wasn’t a love message,” the MP, whose parliamentary profile indicates that she is married noted.
Omara is the second student to face similar charges after Brian Isiko, a student of YMCA College of Business Studies, Jinja was dragged to court last year for stalking Kabarole Woman Member of Parliament Sylvia Rwabwogo.
Isiko, 25 was last year convicted of cyber harassment and offensive communication and sentenced to two years in jail by Buganda Road Magistrates Court. He would, however, challenge the sentence later in the High Court which granted him bail.
High Court Judge, Jane Frances Abodo also ordered for a fresh trial of Isiko at Buganda Road Chief Magistrate’s Court in Kampala.
To order for a fresh trial, Abodo quashed and set aside Isiko’s conviction and a two-year jail sentence on grounds that the trial magistrate changed his plea of not guilty to a plea of guilty without following the proper procedure.