The spokesperson for the Criminal Investigations Department of the Uganda Police Force, Charles Twine has strongly warned against sharing what he calls ‘inverified’ information from Turkey based blogger, Fred Kajjubi Lumbuye.
According to Mr. Twine, any Ugandan who risks sharing unverified information from blogger Lumbuye risks prosecution for spreading ‘false news’.
“We urge members of the public to refrain sharing information which is not verified. Lumbuye is fond of making false news. We want to warn you in advance that if you are found, you shall be liable like the source himself,” Twine says.
“We will prosecute and charge you with sharing false news. Before sharing any information, make sure that it is very correct,” he warns.
The caution comes after government has intensified its witch hunt on diaspora based bloggers who have been at the helm of criticizing president Museveni and his officials. Political pundits say the move by government is meant to silence people’s freedoms of speech and expression because when these critics are cautioned, criticism may be regulated.