Defense Minister Wants Tough laws for Social Media

Maj. Bright Rwamirama

The State Minister for Defense in charge of Veterans, ampoule Bright Rwamirama has appealed to the Executive and the Legislature to put in place tough laws to guide the use of social media.

According to Rwamirama, much of the crime and violence prevalence is being instigated by whatsapp, facebook and twitter and action needs to quickly be taken to save the situation.

“We have clearly reached a point as a country where were should be very careful on the use of social media platforms,” Rwamirama said.

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The minister was on Tuesday facing MPs on the Human Rights Committee chaired by the Mitoma district women representative, Jovah Kamateka.

The MPs tasked Mr. Rwamirama to explain the reports of killing in the country, violence during the February elections, land grabbing and the activities of crime ministers.

The minister stressed that inflammatory messages are being carried out on the social media with the perpetrators being inconsiderate of the consequences.

“Some of the social media users are fond of spreading messages of incitement not mindful of the harmful effects.”

While responding to some of the questions, the Chief of Defense Forces, Gen. Katumba Wamala told the Committee that the army carried out a joint operation and intelligence with other security agencies to curb the violence during the February elections.

The army chief said the UPDF is going to use its legal department to sensitize security personnel on land and property protection so that they don’t infringe on the rights of local people while carrying out land related operations.

Katumba also called upon the Land Commission to put its house in order to avoid land skirmishes.


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