Home Politics Kampala Central MP Muhammad Nsereko Granted Leave to Introduce Cyber Harassment Law

Kampala Central MP Muhammad Nsereko Granted Leave to Introduce Cyber Harassment Law

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Muhammed Nsereko
Muhammed Nsereko

The parliament has granted leave to Kampala Central Member of Parliament, Hon Muhammad Nsereko to introduce a law on cyber-harassment which prescribes hefty fines, lengthy jail terms, and a ban from holding public office, loss of office for convicted offenders.

The law was approved and also prescribed a ban from holding public office and loss of office.

According to the law, Nsereko wants punishments to be given to individuals who without authorization, access, intercept another person’s data or information, voice or record another person with a fine according to Clause 2 of the Bill.

Clause 2 of the bill, says individuals to be punished with a fine of Shs15 million or 10 years in jail or both imprisonment and fine.

He says that many people have been sending and sharing data about children without the authorization of their parents or guardians on a computer and by extension social media which will also be an offense in his new coming bill.

Nsereko also noted that the existing law has not been turfed on the people sharing misleading or malicious information about or relating to any person through a computer and on social media which he says will also be a crime in his new coming bill.

Sending and sharing data about children without the authorization of their parents or guardians on a computer and by extension social media, will become an offense punishable by seven years jail term, Shs15 million in fines or both, should clause 3 of the Bill be enacted into law.

Sending unsolicited messages to computer users will be criminalized under clause 4 of the Bill, an offence that Nsereko proposes should be punished by a seven year jail term, a fine of Shs15 million or both imprisonment and fine.

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Nsereko said the Bill is necessitated by increasing cyber-harassment and abuses that he said go unpunished.

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