KAMPALA– Susan Namata 21, who was on Wednesday charged and remanded to Luzira prison on charges relating to insulting the person and privacy of his Excellency President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is to spend two more weeks in prison after failing to secure bail.
Namata had appeared before Grade one magistrate Stellah Maris Amabilis to have her bail heard, however Police at CPS did not forward her file to court to enable State prosecutor Miriam Njuki respond to her bail application.
Namata had legal presentation by Mr Isaac Ssemakadde , however, he was not allowed to say anything after failing to proof of his practicing certificate to show that he is indeed an enrolled advocate.
The trial magistrate has now adjourned the case to November 20.
She is facing two counts of cyber harassment and offensive communication which she has since denied.
It’s alleged that in August 2018 within Kampala and Wakiso districts during protests to free the Kyandondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka “Bobi Wine from Makindye Military police barracks.
Namata with others still at large used a computer to record a video in which they referred to President Museveni as “Buttocks, feaces and also threatened to throw their genitals in his teeth if he doesn’t order for Bobi Wine’s release.
That Namata willifully and repeatedly uploaded and distributed her obscene video on WhatsApp which according to prosecution disturbed the peace and privacy of the president.
According to the court records Namata a resident of Najeera in Kiira Municipality- Wakiso district was on August 27, 2018, tracked down by officers at CPS using her phone contact and she has since been in police custody.
The Magistrate has remanded Namata to Luzira prison until tomorrow morning when she will re-appear before court to apply for bail.
According to Section 25 of the Computer Misuse Act 2011 on offensive communication, “Any person who wilfully and repeatedly uses electronic 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.”
Twenty four currency points is an equivalent of Shs480, 000.