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Computer Misuse Act Among the Four Bills Signed By President Museveni

Uganda’s President, H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has today signed four bills into law after being passed by the parliament.

According to a document released by the State House, the bills include:

  • The Physical Planners’ Registration Act, 2022

This bill was passed during a plenary in April this year and will see the establisment of physical planners registration board to provide for the registration of physical planners and a disciplinary basis for their work.

  • The Kampala Capital City (Amendment) Act, 2022

This bill was tabled by the minister for Kampala and Metropolitan Affairs, Minsa Kabanda tabled before parliament to cater for the emoluments of political leaders. The Deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa directed the Bills to the House Committee on Presidential Affairs to handle the proposed piece of legislation within one week and report back to Parliament for its debate and approval.

He said that it was important for the Bill to be considered in the shortest time possible.

  • The Mining and Minerals Act, 2022

The objective of this Bill is to implement the tenets of the new Mining and
Mineral Policy for Uganda 2018. Government needed to reform and strengthen the legal regulatory and institutional frameworks to cater for emerging issues arising in the minerals subsector which include: mineral certification. value addition. mineral revenue management and
the formalisation of artisanal and small scale miners among others.

  • The Computer Misuse (Amendment) Act, 2022.

This bill that was first introduced by Hon. Muhammad Nsereko, spurred a lot of controversy in the public domain as it proposed measures and introduced new sections into the Computer Misuse Act of 2011. The bill is to enhance the provisions on unauthorised access to information or data;
to prohibit the sharing of any information relating to a child without authorisation from a parent or guardian; to prohibit the sending or sharing of information that promotes hate speech; to provide for the prohibition of sending or sharing false, malicious and unsolicited information; to restrict persons convicted of any offence under the Computer Misuse Act, 20 I I from holding public office for a perrod of ten years and for related matters.

Recently National Unity Platform (NUP) president, Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine came out to comment on the Computer Misuse Act, describing it as a government tool to curtail free speech.

“That Nsereko Bill that you call the Computer Misuse Act is targeting us. The regime is trying to make sure people have no free speech. The Constitution is against that law because it mandates our free speech,” Bobi Wine said while appearing on NTV’s Morning at NTV show.

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