Artistes might need to take extra caution before releasing their new projects. If they are abusive in any way, you might be arrested like Viboyo who was thrown into the coolers for allegedly insulting the President and the Speaker of Parliament.
Moses Nsubuga a.k.a Viboyo Oweyo, an artiste from Muyenga based Swangz Avenue is the singer who has landed in trouble for his artistry.
It is alleged that he used obscene and offensive language in the composition of one of his songs in which he referred to Museveni as ‘buttocks’. In the same song, he is said to have also attacked the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga.
“In the song, he abused several leaders and tribes in Uganda which is illegal. He has been in hiding and we had to track him for days until we arrested him in Kampala City. He is being held on offensive communication offences.”Vincent Ssekatte | Directorate of Criminal Investigations
Offensive communication is a crime in accordance to Section 25 of the Computer Misuse Act 2011. It states that “Any person who willfully and repeatedly uses electronic communication to disturb or attempts to disturb the peace, quiet or right of privacy of any person with no purpose of legitimate communication whether or not a conversation ensues commits a misdemeanor and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding twenty four currency points or imprisonment not exceeding one year or both.”
Viboyo is not the first artiste to be dragged to jail for music compositions. Several other artistes have been through the same after releasing songs that attack the president in the near past.
He is currently being detained at Jinja Road Police Station as he awaits to record a statement before further action is taken.
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