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Police Investigate Four People In Mukono for Cyberbullying

Nabibuga is charged with circulating a photo of Hajji Haruna Ssemakula, the NRM candidate for the Mukono LC 5 chairperson’s seat with derogatory statements describing him as a land grabber and persecutor during Wembule operations executed by the then Colonel Elly Kayanja.
Hajji Haruna Ssemakula, the Mukono NRM LC5 flag bearer

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Police are investigating four people from different political camps in Mukono district accused of their involvement in cyberbullying. The suspects are Alex Ssemugenyi, Zahara Nabibuga, Henry Katumba and Emmanuel Nsereko. Alex Ssemugenyi and Zahara Nabibuga were arrested and released on police bond. The other two are on the police list of wanted suspects. 

Fred Oyaka, the Officer in Charge of Criminal Investigations at Mukono Police Division, says Ssemugenyi is charged with circulating propaganda on his WhatsApp group ‘All Mukono Candidates’ against the National Unity Platform-NUP Mukono North County parliamentary candidate, Abdallah Kiwanuka that he had stepped down from the race in favour of the incumbent and NRM candidate, Ronald Kibuule.

Nabibuga is charged with circulating a photo of Hajji Haruna Ssemakula, the NRM candidate for the Mukono LC 5 chairperson’s seat with derogatory statements describing him as a land grabber and persecutor during Wembule operations executed by the then Colonel Elly Kayanja. 

She also reportedly accused Ssemakula of lacking authentic academic documents. Much as Ssemugenyi admitted his mistake and apologized, Nabibuga insists that she has evidence for whatever she posted.

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Ssemakula declined to comment on the accusations levelled against him and instead accused his NRM leaning rival, Andrew Ssenyonga of running a smear campaign. Ssenyonga faulted his opponent for failing to under the political language.

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Cyber bullying involves the use of digital technologies such as social media, messaging platforms and mobile phones to spread lies, embarrassing photos and hurting messages with the intention of scaring and shamming targeted individuals or institution.   

The confrontation on social networks is mainly between the camps of Ssemakula and his rival incumbent LC 5 Chairperson, Andrew Ssenyonga who lost the flag. Simon Muliika, a resident of Mukono district and member of the ruling NRM party blames the problem on the district party leadership that failed to reconcile the two rivals.  

He notes that such confrontations create chances of losing key seats to the opposition candidates. The other candidates eyeing the Mukono LC V chairperson’s seat are Rev. Peter Bakaluba Mukasa, the National Unity Platform candidate, DP’s Godfrey Kirega Musisi, Peter Nsubuga and Nicholas Munyagwa, both independents.

      

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