City socialite Shanita Namuyimbwa, alias Bad Black, has been ordered to report to CID headquarters in Kibuli, Kampala, in a connection to a charge of offensive communication and criminal libel after she used her Facebook wall to allegedly insult President Yoweri Museveni.
According to summons dated February 20 signed by Mr Joseph Obwona, the deputy CID director, Ms Namuyimbwa must report to CID headquarters in Kibuli, a Kampala suburb, next Wednesday without fail.
“We are investigating a case of offensive communication and criminal libel. You are, therefore, in pursuance of the provisions of Section 27A of the Police Act (as amended) required to report before acting Commissioner of Police [in charge of media department] at CID headquarters…without fail,” he wrote.
The charges stem from a video bad black recorded and shared on social media in August 2018 when the Kyadondo East Member of Parliament. Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine and 32 others were picked up for treason. Bad Black is being investigating for Offensive Communication and Criminal Libel contrary to provisions of the Computer Misuse Act and Penal Code Act respectively.
She later apologized on social media to and retracted the statements.
According to Section 25 of the Computer Misuse Act 2011 on offensive communication, “Any person who wilfully and repeatedly uses electronic 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 misdemeanour and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding twenty four currency points or imprisonment not exceeding one year or both.”
Dr Stella Nyanzi, who is currently on remand at Luzira Prison, has already been charged under the act. She is accused of abusing the President’s deceased mother in a poem she published on social media.
The second was Susan Namata who is alleged to have gone on social media and threatened to hit the president with her genitals. She has since been released on bail.