KAMPALA – Raphael Magyezi MP(Igara West) has described as devilish rumours of his apparent sickness and death and called for the strengthening of laws governing social media use in Uganda.
The Controversial Legislator made the remarks today in a media interview in reaction to reports that hit public over the weekend that he had been taken ill and later reports claiming he had died.
Magyezi said: “There was malicious information that I have been poisoned and on Sunday, I died. Now I am here, you must be listening to a ghost. I don’t know what one would benefit from such nonsense. It is total rubbish, it has no background, no basis. You are disturbing the peace of people, families. I think it is behavioral think because why should you do something that is devilish?”
The Legislator shot to limelight last week after he came out supporting the divisive lifting of the 75-year Presidential Age limit cap and his decision to table the private member’s bill earned him wrath and love from the public in equal measure.
Magyezi said that the story of poison and death are all lies and tantamount to the misuse of social media rights and it is time MPs came out to find out means on how to promote social media as a useful tool of development to ensure that in exercise of rights and freedoms and ensure those using the platform don’t step on rights and freedoms of others.
He further explained that news of his demise is a question of misuse of our rights and freedoms and it shows NRM has given a lot of freedom saying in some other countries, once one starts such a story, you have to account for it.
“We must educate the users of social media to avoid falling into the trap of misusing this platform. We have to strengthen the punitive measures of people for anybody who wants to cause disruptions in society,” Magyezi said.