Court suspends trial of Museveni critic


Court in Kampala has halted the trial Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni’s social media critic Robert Shaka suspected to be using “Tom Voltaire Okwalinga (TVO)” as a pseudo name.

Buganda Road Chief Magistrate today decided to suspend Shaka’s trial until hearing of his petition challenging the provisions of the Computer Misuse Act, upon which the charges against him are based is complete.

Mr Shaka was accused of using offensive communication by posting statements on Facebook regarding President Museveni’s health condition.

On February 3, Mr Shaka through his lawyer Isaac Ssemakadde presented copies of the said petition before court, the petition is challenging section 25 of the Computer Misuse Act 2011.

Prosecution asserted that Shaka while disguising as Tom Voltaire Okwalinga, a government critic on social media between 2011 and 2015, repeatedly using a computer with no purpose of legitimate communication, disturbed the right to privacy of President Museveni by posting statements regarding his health on social media

“TVO” was charged on June 20, after Nakawa court had ordered police to release him having been held beyond the stipulated 48 hours.


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