Ugandan given freedom to question the President
SOURCE: The Monitor
By Alfred Nyongesa Wandera
The Constitutional Court has struck out the law of sedition from
the Penal Code, paving way for Ugandans to enjoy full freedom of speech
Sedition is where a person utters or publishes statements aimed at bringing hatred, contempt or disaffection against the President, the Government or the Judiciary.
The judgment follows a petition filed by East African Media Institute and Independent Magazine Managing Editor Andrew Mwenda in 2005 when he was arrested over statements he made while still the political editor at Daily Monitor and host of Andrew Mwenda Live programme on KFM Radio.
Mr Mwenda was accused of inciting public hatred towards the person of the President when he repeatedly said, during the programme, that the government of Uganda was partly responsible for the death of former President of South Sudan John Garang.
Mr Mwenda and his co-petitioner, lost the petition on sectarianism,
after the judges saw nothing unconstitutional in its existence in the
Penal Code Act.
Mr Haruna Kanabi is the only
person who has ever been convicted of sedition.
In upholding the conviction,
the judge then noted that “it is common knowledge that Rwanda is not a
district of Uganda. It therefore follows that the appellant and others
published a false statement.”
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