Uganda Communications Commission [UCC] has trashed reports claiming the regulator banned Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine’s song “Tuliyambala Engule” [we shall wear victor’s crown].
In a statement, UCC said it has observed an increase in the incidences of fake publications on digital platforms, where unscrupulous individuals misuse computer systems to create, publish, distribute unverified, misleading and false stories.
It said comments attributed to UCC executive director, Eng Godfrey Mutabazi, making rounds is Fake News.
The reports quoted Mutabazi thus: “Radios/TV that are going to play Bobi Wine’s song Tuliyambala Engule are at risk. That song should not be played anywhere. It’s treasonous and it disturbs the peace of the president. I even warn those who have it on their phones, we can track you and you will be forced to answer some questions.”
UCC said an online page managed by an individual that has since been identified published fake and misleading information against the person of the Executive Director.
“Please note that the publishing of false news is wrong, unlawful, unethical & defamatory.”
The statement added: “The public is advised to be vigilant & exercise due care by verifying the authenticity of any news stories /reports from official sources before believing & acting on them.”
UCC warned whoever is in the habit of deliberately creating, publishing and distributing fake news or stories to desist from such acts of computer misuse.
Actions of releasing fake news may lead to possible prosecution under the Computer Misuse Act 2011 & other Penal laws of Uganda.
“UCC continues to monitor, control and regulate communications services, to promote and safeguard the interests of consumers and operators as regards the quality of communication services in Uganda as mandated by law.”