State to crackdown on social media over Aronda


Senior officers of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) lead General Aronda Nyakairima’s casket into the foyer of the Parliament of Uganda for Members of Parliament to pay their respects.

Junior Internal Affairs Minister Baba says a law to curb “reckless reporting” on Social Media will be drafted.

Baba said the law was thought about following social media rumours that are still circulating about the death of his senior minister, Aronda Nyakairima.

“Government will come up with a law to curb the increasing menace of ‪‎social media where tainting people’s names even in their death has become a norm,” he told mourners who gathered at Kololo airstrip to pray for the soul of the deceased.

“Since his death, ‪social media went viral and media took advantage. Government is to come up with a legal framework to curb this,” Baba emphasised.

While paying a tribute to Aronda in parliament yesterday, Baba said the Ministry of Internal Affairs together with police and Ministry of ICT will have to come up a policy on social media.

“The social media rumours have been bothering us in the ministry of Internal Affairs,” told a plenary presided over by Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga.

He said General Aronda left the ministry with a task after promising that Uganda would have peaceful elections.

Speaking in parliament still, FDC MP Elijah Okupa [Kasilo County] asked government to take action on media outlets that exaggerated the cause of Aronda’s death.

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