The Savannah Region Police spokesperson ASP Issa Ssemwogerere has revealed how police arrested 25 year old Peter Ssekyondwa, a National Unity Platform (NUP) activist for announcing the false death of President Yoweri Museveni that went viral on social media recently.
Ssemwogerere said the suspect, Ssekyondwa who is reportedly an NUP activist was arrested on Friday after he sent messages to three people spreading propaganda of how His Excellency the President had died and that he was happy with it.
The suspect, aresident of Kamira Sub County in Luweero district reportedly used his mobile phone number 0707262431 to send out abusive messages claiming that the president has passed away
Police said the suspect sent messages to a Willy Suuna, a teacher in the area, his wife Nabisere and also his father Umaru kasamba on Thursday, who in turn reported the matter to the LC 1 chairman who then reported to police.
The DPC Luweero Patrick Maikula said the suspect confessed to belonging to a larger group of cyber offenders who continuously harassed people online including President Museveni upon interrogation.
Maikula said the suspect is set to face charges of cyber harassment under the Computer Misuse Act, 2011.
The arrest came a day after President Museveni directed security to track and arrest people who are circulating news of his alleged death.
Speaking on Thursday, the president said it should not be business as usual and directed security to get hard on social media users fond of misleading the public by announcing his death.
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