Pastor Joseph Kabuleta Released on Police Bond

Joseph Kabuleta

Watchman Ministries lead pastor, Joseph Kabuleta has Tuesday evening been released on Police Bond from the Special Investigations Department (SID) Kireka where he has been detained since his on Friday last week.

The former New Vision Journalist was apprehended because of offensive communication against the person of President Yoweri Museveni under Section 25 of the Computer Misuse Act, 2011.

It is alleged that Kabuleta used has grossly been using his social media accounts to post offensive messages referring to the President as a gambler, thief and a liar, acts of communication criminalised by the act.

His lawyer, Daniel Walyemera has confirmed his client’s release to SoftPower News saying the accused has been directed to report at SID Kireka on Thursday as one of the conditions of his bond.

“He has been released at around 8pm and charged with offensive communication under Section 25 of the constitution and he will be reporting back on Thursday at 9am,” Walyemera said.

He was however quick to note that there are three constitutional petitions which are seeking declaration of “Section 25 null and void because it too vague.”

He has well confirmed media reports indicating that huge numbers of worshippers from his Church had gathered at SID Kireka demanding his release.

“Yes, they were there since morning praying and worshipping to God to put an end to the state of impunity in this country,” he said.

While addressing the media on Monday, Police spokesperson, CP Fred Enanga, refuted claims that Kabuleta had not been given access to his lawyers since his arrest on Friday.

He said himself (Enanga) was since Saturday “involved in ensuring that the relatives, friends and lawyers get to have access because it was a very straight forward and transparent investigation.”

But Walyemera insists Police is telling lies. He says his client has since Friday only accessed his wife and lawyer at the time of his release.

“Why are those Police officers continuing to get taxpayer’s money when they tell lies to the public? I, his wife and doctors were only able to see my client at 8pm today Tuesday,” Walyemera told this news website.

Section 25 of the Computer Misuse Act, 2011 provides “any person who willfully and repeatedly uses communication to disturb or attempts to disturb the peace, quiet or right of privacy of any person with no purpose of legitimate communication whether or not a conversation ensues commits a misdemeanour and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding twenty four currency points or imprisonment not exceeding one year or both”.

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