Lawyer: Shaka held for offending Museveni, Janet


Shaka (L) with his Hero Henry Semwanga


Police accuses Robert Shaka of promoting sectarianism contrary to section 41 of the Penal Code Act.

This was revealed by Shaka’s lawyer, Nicholas Opiyo, in a press release issued Tuesday evening.

He is accused of using computers and other electronic devices to issue offensive communications against the sovereign state of Uganda, according to the statement.

Shaka was arrested on Monday morning by a group of 10 police officers from SIU as he left his home in Kyaliwajala, a Kampala suburb.

He was detained at Kireka SIU headquarters following the broadcast of his interview with NTV about police harassment.

In the interview, Shaka denied being or having any links with a social media critic, Tom Voltaire Okwalinga aka TVO, as police alleges.

He has been reporting to CIID headquarters Kibuli since February 2015 following his summoning to the same station.

“That using computers and other electronic devices, he issued offensive communication against President Yoweri Museveni, Janet Museveni, Kale Kayihura, a one Mbabazi and a one Kelen thereby committing the offence of offensive communication contrary to section 25 of the computer misuse act,” Opiyo explained.


Mr. Nicholas Opiyo


While Shaka remains detained, TVO continues posting on his page showing that the latter is being held unjustly.

“We are writing to re-assure the general public that Mr Shaka is detained at SIU Kireka and he is in good health,” Opiyo wrote.

“Mr Shaka is a prisoner of conscience and will prove his innocence in courts of law if so charged.”

Opiyo clarified that Shaka’s pages are known and don’t appear under pseudo names hence his unceremonious arrest and detention “represents an affront to the freedom of expression for all Ugandans especially those using new media platforms to express their views and opinions.”

Opiyo ended by thanking friends, colleagues and relatives for supporting him.

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