Veteran journalist Andrew Mwenda has criticized the arrest the arrest of evangelist Joseph Kabuleta on charges of offensive communication against President Yoweri Museveni.
Police says Kabuleta was arrested for referring to the President, as “a gambler, thief and liar.’’- under ‘Joseph Kabuleta Weekly Rant Returns”
Mr Kabuleeta was arrested by plain-cloth detectives from a restaurant at Forest Mall, Lugogo, Kampala on Friday evening. Mr Charles Twine, the spokesperson of Criminal Investigations Directorate, confirmed his arrest and detention.
‘ ‘The arrest of Joseph Kabuleta for “offending the president” is archaic, intolerable and unacceptable! Ugandans have every right to offend the president. They hire him to serve them. They should be free to express their anger at how he is running the country justifiably or not!’’ Mwenda said on Friday evening.
He added: Uganda is a republic not a monarchy, the president is elected by citizens, not anointed by birth; power belongs to the people not to the president who only exercises it on their behalf. So citizens have every right to make judgment of how they think/feel he is performing!
Joseph Kabuleta has recently authored critical dossiers against the regime including the first family.Mr Kabuleta has lately been critical of the first family, over what he calls a plan by different people to have President Yoweri Museveni’s son Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba succeed him as President.