Bobi Wine: Ugandan security chiefs warn social media users

Faced with growing public discontent over the arrest, torture and imprisonment of Kyadondo East Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine and 33 other opposition supporters, Ugandan security chiefs are turning the heat on social media users.

At a joint press briefing held at the police headquarters at Naguru in Kampala, the security chiefs – Inspector General of Police (IGP) Martin Okoth-Ochola, Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Gen David Muhoozi and Commissioner General of Prisons (CGP) Dr Johnson Byabashaija hinted that social media users on different platforms risk being arrested and charged under the Computer Misuse Act for spreading messages that cause fear.

The security chiefs therefore urged Ugandans to avoid engaging in offensive communication which violates the Computer Misuse Act, and, creates fear in the hearts and minds of the people.

The warning came within hours of the arrest of Bobi Wine’s bouncer Eddie Mutwe and official DJ Hamza Bwanika aka Selector Davie under unclear circumstances.

Some however linked the duo’s arrest on videos posted on social media under Bobi Wine’s online Ghetto TV. The videos largely have messages against the musician cum politician’s detention.

The security chiefs also condemned the violence that has been witnessed in the country over the past few days which they linked to the recent by-elections in Rukungiri, Arua and Bugiri.

Gen David Muhoozi and IGP Okoth-Ochola said that the incidents of violence are being thoroughly investigated and appropriate action will be taken in accordance with the law.

They called upon the youth to avoid acts of violence because these are “criminal and have grave consequences.”

At the same press briefing, the police’s director of health services Dr Moses Byaruhanga and UPDF’s chief of medical services Brig Dr Ambrose Musinguzi said that they had conducted medical examinations for victims of the violent confrontations and confirmed that none of them was in danger.

Police’s Dr Moses Byaruhanga

Several suspects that were arrested in Arua were brutally tortured by the security agents.

Most affected is Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake Butebi who is currently hospitalised at Lubaga hospital, Bobi Wine and Knight Asala who are currently remanded at Gulu prison.

Byaruhanga and Musinguzi told the press breifing that both Zaake and Bobi Wine are in a stable condition with no fractures and no internal injuries but tissue related injuries.