Ugandan social media critic of president freed on bail

2015-06-15 15:29
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni (AFP, File picture)

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni (AFP, File picture)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Kampala - A Ugandan court released on bail Monday a man accused of criticising President Yoweri Museveni on social media, including comments about the veteran leader's health.

Robert Shaka, who was charged with questioning 70-year-old Museveni's health, paid a two million shilling bail ($630). Shaka denies all charges.

He is charged with having "disturbed the right to privacy of the president by posting statements regarding his health condition on Facebook".

Shaka, 39, who works in computing, is next due in court on June 30.

"It's a matter which is primarily one of freedom of speech," Shaka's lawyer Isaac Semakadde said, adding there was "overriding public interest" in Museveni's health.

The president, who is expected to stand for re-election next year, has not responded directly to Shaka's posts, but last week issued a statement criticising "irresponsible people spreading falsehoods" via social media, and dismissing any reports of ill health.

"Fortunately, in the whole 70 years of my life, God has given me excellent health, save for occasional malaria attacks, coughs or mild allergic reactions in the nose," Museveni said in a statement.

"Even today, there are hardly any physical exertions that I cannot undertake except squatting, which I find a bit uncomfortable these days."

Read more on:    yoweri museveni  |  uganda  |  east africa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.