Uganda law society petitions Constitutional court over computer misuse law
By AFAYO SHADRACH BETHEL
The Uganda Law Society has petitioned the Constitutional Court challenging the newly amended Computer Misuse Law 2022 as null and void.
The lawyers argue that a number of sections, which include 24 and 25 of the Computer Misuse law, infringe on freedoms of speech and expression.
They are seeking a permanent injunction stopping the Attorney general, government agencies, authorities and officials from enforcing the provisions in the Act.
The ULS further contends that all the provisions of the law are overly broad, vague and ambiguous and do not define a criminal offence hence it would be absurd for police to act on it.
The ULS president, Mr Bernard Oundo, in his affidavit supporting the petition, avers that the procedure adopted by the Parliament in passing the legislation fell below the standard set out in the Constitution with respect to the pre-requisite quorum required for the passing of the laws and as such the process was flawed.