News Brief: Uganda police detains and charges a website Developer with defamation.

Kampala, June 19th, 2019; The Electronic Counter Measures Unit of the Uganda police on June 18, arrested and detained a website developer Ison Rocky after the police’s criminal investigations department failed to technically identify the website’s owner, manager and content author.

 According to his recorded statement, Rocky was contracted to design the news website Buganda today early this year and handed it over to its owner, little did he know that the content on the site, which he neither authored nor uploaded would land him into detention.

The contested content posted on Buganda today allegedly defamed the Buganda Kingdom loyalist Apollo Makubuya who filed a complaint at police in April, tasking the investigators to establish the author of the content and managers of the website.

Rocky who also works with watch dog, an online news platform was picked from his office on Monday by security operators disguising as clients, took him to police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Kibuli where he was asked to make a statement without his lawyer and detained at Kabalagala police station for an over night.

He has been released on police bond today evening after being charged with defamation, together with workmates, Mike Ssegawa and Moses Bbule.