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Burora remanded to Luzira till July 9

Former Rubaga Division deputy resident city commissioner (RCC) Herbert Anderson Burora will spend at least a week in Luzira prison after being remanded by Buganda Road Chief Magistrate's court.

He was charged with hate speech and malicious information under the Computer Misuse Act an offence on conviction that warrants a fine not exceeding 750 currency points (Shs 15 million) or imprisonment not exceeding seven years, or both.

Burora was on Wednesday afternoon arraigned before chief magistrate, Ronald Kayizzi, who read to him two charges. Burora denied the charges read in in a fully-packed courtroom. Court heard that between March and June 2024 in the areas of Kampala district or thereabout while using X (formerly Twitter) handle '@HarderHB', Burora shared information that was likely to ridicule, degrade or demean and promote hostility against the speaker of parliament Annet Anita Among.

On the second count, the prosecution stated that Burora shared malicious information relating to Among around the same time and areas. The prosecution led by state attorneys Richard Birivumbuka, Joan Keko, and Ivan Kyazze informed court that investigations into the matter were still ongoing. A team of seven lawyers representing Burora asked the court to dismiss the charges against their client because the charge sheet was defective.

The lawyers, Phillip Munaabi, David Kamukama, and Benjamin Katana argued that the charge sheet did not show what Burora said to constitute hate speech, and nothing malicious was indicated. The defence team cited the case of Dr Stella Nyanzi case in which the prosecutors indicated that she used the word 'buttocks' and other vulgar words, which is not the case with Buroroa's charge sheet.

Munaabi asked the court to free Burora until such a time when a proper charge sheet will be drafted by the prosecution. But, Birivumbuka instead asked the court to give them an adjournment to reply to the submissions raised by Burora's lawyers. Burora's lawyers insisted that if the prosecutors were not legally prepared, their client should be released.

They said if prosecutor Birivumbuka is busy next week, his colleague Ivan Kyazze who is ever at Buganda Road court should take charge and handle the matter instead of remanding him for so long. However, in his ruling, chief magistrate Kayizzi said the issues of legality of the charge sheet will have to first be resolved before the matter can proceed.

He thus decided to remand Burora until next week July 9. Trouble for Burora who had served as a deputy RCC for more than five years in both Nakawa Division and Rubaga combined started around March 2024 when he started posting information condemning alleged corruption in parliament especially perpetrated by the speaker Among.

He was accordingly suspended from the office on March 14, 2024, by Hajji Yunus Kakande to pave the way for investigations. The suspension letter indicated that Burora had been summoned for a meeting where he was faulted for having violated official advice, but he continued to issue statements on social media which was contrary to Uganda Public Service Standing Orders (2021). However, after being suspended for 28 days, Burora chose to resign on March 18 saying he wanted to protect his conscience.

"Today, I handed over the office of the deputy resident city commissioner in Lubaga Division. 5 years and 5 month of my service are worth bowing out honorably. It’s not about the office/job as madam Anita thought, It’s about the service. I had all the options to choose the job or to remain true to my conscience. I chose the latter," said Burora on X formerly known as Twitter.

He added that "in my tour of duty, there are those that I didn’t satisfy for one reason or the other, but majorly, I served the way I was supposed to do. I may not be able to measure my legacy, as a representative of the president, but I’m sure there is no single day that I didn’t represent him to the best of my knowledge."

Burora is not the first person to be sent to Luzira prison for hate speech against Among. A few months ago, a Tiktoker Ibrahim Musana commonly known as Pressure 24/7 was remanded for about two months for promoting hate speech against Among, President Museveni and Kabaka of Buganda before he secured his freedom.

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0 #1 Marc Mae 2024-07-05 18:06
When I saw Burora on TV I knew he would be in trouble: I was not his admirer cos he was too much pro NRM

So NRM supporters should go like lost sheep and accept any rubbish: Use your brains and do not say yes even if you do not agree with it

This very sad that human beings have been reduced to not thinking for themselves
Bravo Burora
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