The Uganda constitutional court has declared that section 25 of the Computer Misuse Act, 2011 unconstitutional, null and void.
The misuse Act was brought to protect the content that people put out on social media, especially about their fellow people.
The bill was introduced by the Kampala central Member of Parliament Hon Muhammad Nsereko and it was passed by the parliament and signed nto law by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, however, it has now been crashed down leaving the lawmaker turned a laughing matter.
The opposition political parties and people like NUP’S president Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu were not happy about it. And after court disallowed it he went on social media and celebrated.
“We welcome the Constitutional Court’s ruling delivered today morning that has found Section 25 of the Computer Misuse Act which criminalizes “Offensive Communication” to be unconstitutional.
We’re glad that the Court has taken a step further by not only discontinuing all ongoing criminal prosecutions arising from the now-outlawed Section, but also implicitly outlawing the amendment recently passed by Parliament.
The ruling is a positive step towards protecting freedom of speech and expression in our country during these politically-charged times. It recognizes the essence of free speech in facilitating the exchange of ideas, dissent and holding those in power accountable. #FreeAllPoliticalPrisoners #BringBackOurPeople,” Bobi Wine posted.