By Gad Masereka
Kampala: Police has confirmed the arrest and detention of Joseph Kabuleta, a former journalist who turned into a pastor. The confirmation of his arrest came after Kabuleta went missing on Friday afternoon at Forest Mall, Lugogo.
In a statement released by the Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga said Kabuleta grossly posted offensive messages to the President on social media referring to him as a thief and gambler.
“According to preliminary information, the writer (Kabuleta) posted grossly offensive messages, under “Joseph Kabuleta Weekly Rant Returns” referring to the fountain of honour as a “Gambler, Thief and Liar”. Section 25 of the Computer Misuse Act, 2011 criminalises such acts of communication,”Enanga said.
On July 8, at 7:05PM, Kabuleta made a lengthy Facebook post titled “Mafia Empire and the transition (Joseph Kabuleta’s Weekly Rant Returns) where he questioned whether the first son, Maj.Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba is the ‘don’ of the new era.
In the post, Kabuleta alleged that Muhoozi is being positioned to be the next president but he has nothing to offer expect being his father’s son.
According to the police spokesperson, detectives are still investigating Kabuleta’s conduct in a bid to get more information regarding the offence.
He cautioned members of the public against glorifying such communication through social media saying that social media platforms are not protected and any false fabrications will attract punishment in accordance with the law.
“The public is further advised to think first about what they say on social media. The joint forces will continue using the acquired capabilities to monitor comments on social media and any offenders will be investigated and punished,” Enanga noted.
Kabuleta now joins the likes of Stella Nyanzi on the list of the people who are in incarceration on charges of offensive communication against the person of the President.