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Luwero Resident Remanded For Circulating Fake News About Museveni’s Death

According to the charge sheet, on July 5, 2021, Ssekyondwa used his phone number 0707262431 and send messages to 0757453373 where he alleged that Museveni had died yet it was false.
Ssekyondwa Jamir after he was remanded by Luwero Chief Magistrate Court for announcing Museveni's death
A 23-year-old man has been remanded for announcing the death of President Yoweri Museveni.

Jamir Ssekyondwa a resident of Kabunyata trading centre in Kamira sub-county, Luwero district on Thursday appeared before Luwero Chief Magistrate Samuel Munobe. He was charged with offensive communication contrary to section 25 of the Computer Misuse Act 2011 was read to him.

According to the charge sheet, on July 5, 2021, Ssekyondwa used his phone number 0707262431 and send messages to 0757453373 where he alleged that Museveni had died yet it was false.

Ssekyondwa denied the charges and a plea of not guilty was entered. He applied for bail saying that he had spent a week in Police cells and has a wife and a child to look after.

The Luwero Chief Resident State Attorney Peace Bashabe objected to his application saying he had not presented any surety and was a tenant who can decide to relocate making it difficult for the court to trace him.

Bashable added that the investigations into the case are complete and asked Court to set dates for hearing.

Ssekyondwa pleaded with Magistrate saying although he was a tenant but was born in the same area and the LCI Chairman among the relatives were ready to stand as his sureties.

But Munobe rejected his bail application saying he is a tenant and was a young man who could easily find another area of settlement especially in light of pending criminal allegations against him.

Munobe also advised Ssekyondwa to secure and present details of his sureties to Court.

He remanded Ssekyondwa to Prison till August 13 2021 when he will appear in his court for the hearing of the case.

Ssekyondwa was whisked back to Court cells to wait for prison authorities to transfer him to Kitalya prison.

In January 2017, Swaibu Nsamba Gwogyolonga, the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC chairperson for Katikamu South Constituency in Luwero was also arrested and charged before Chief Magistrate at Buganda Road for making offensive Facebook post against President Yoweri Museveni.

Nsamba was arrested after he made a post expressing how he will announce and mourn the death of President Yoweri Museveni when he dies. The post was accompanied by a photoshop of Museveni and how will look after his demise.  

He was granted non-cash bail of 50 Million Shillings and each surety bonded 50 million Shillings.

Nsamba’s case has never been disposed of to date and is supposed to appear before the Magistrate Court every month.             

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