Police: More suspects have been arrested for spreading fake news about President Museveni’s alleged death
More suspects have been arrested for spreading fake news on social media regarding the death of President Museveni according to reports from police
More suspects have been arrested for spreading fake news on social media regarding the death of President Museveni according to reports from police.
While addressing the press, the Criminal Investigations spokesperson, Charles Twine said that after the arrest of Peter Ssekyondwa from Luweero last week, security has picked more suspects to help in investigations over the matter.
“We have been undertaking investigations and on Thursday we arrested one of the suspects (Ssekyondwa) who had authored a message extending what had been authored by people outside our jurisdiction. He edited the message(from abroad) and started sharing it. The people who received it also started sharing it,” Twine said.
Social media was last month awash with reports that President Museveni who had allegedly been admitted to Aga Khan Hospital in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi had passed on.
The reports started by mostly bloggers in the Diaspora attracted the attention of many Ugandans especially those on social media.
These reports were however squashed and dimmed baseless as President Museveni appeared at the opening of the virtual health summit a day later.
Addressing journalists on Monday, the CID spokesperson warned bloggers against sharing such information that is not verified, noting that it might lead to their arrest.
“In our culture when you announce someone dead and you are not from their family or personal doctor or official spokesperson of the institution where he works, society condemns you as one who is indisciplined. To us the law enforcement agencies, we take up the matter as a crime. When you share that information ignorantly, you may also be charged,” Twine said.
“Desist from sharing such unfounded information on social media. We are still looking for many other people(who shared that information). Together with Crime Intelligence, we are looking for those people.”
The practice of sharing unverified information has been picking up momentum and this can be evident by reports carried of by bloggers last month declaring the commander of land forces Lieutenant General Muhoozi Kainerugaba dead as well, reports the commander dimmed false.