Uganda’s Parliament on Thursday enacted the long figured contentious Computer Misuse Amendment Bill 2022 that restricts hate language and makes it illegal to lessen another individual, religion, ethnicity, tribe, or gender.
The vastly condemned revision was insinuated by Kampala Central Member of Parliament, Muhammad Nsereko who defended that it was significant for the control of social media platforms.
It should be noted that the bill renders it illegal to disseminate images of minors or any individual on social media platforms without their precise consent.
However, the Mawogola South Member of Parliament Namugga Gorreth submitted a minority dissertation opposing the majority report submitted by the chairperson of the ICT Committee Magogo Moses.
Similarly, Parliament also enacted the third clause of the bill that bans the supplying, sharing or transferring of any data about or of a child through a computer unless the individual attains permission of the child’s parent, caretaker, or any other individual having authority on the child’s behalf.
Meanwhile, the committee after assessing the lawsuit between journalist Charles Obbo Onyango and the Attorney general, proposed that the sixth clause should be revised to eliminate the source of the illegalization of disseminating deceiving messages.
However, Magogo also explained that the revisions aim to punish those who misuse social media platforms to contaminate other individuals’ portrayals.
But the clause striving to prohibit administrators or public officials who perpetrate any offence under the Computer Misuse Act from carrying any public office for 10 years was eliminated.
Concurrently, the Kampala Central Member of Parliament Muhammed Nsereko, who designated the revisions, was conspicuously nonexistent.
It should be noted that the bill was incited by National Unity Platform bloggers’ execution of their rights to express their dissatisfaction using social media platforms, and this will become illegal immediately after President Museveni’s ratification.