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Vlogger Kibedi remanded, faces cyber harassment charges

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Vlogger Ronald Kibedi Appearing Before Buganda Road Court.

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  Vlogger Ronald Kibedi Cox has been remanded to Luzira Prison on charges of cyber harassment and insulting modesty of a woman.

Kibedi on Thursday afternoon was arraigned before the Buganda Road Chief magistrates court before Grade One Magistrate Siena Owomugisha and he denied the said charges against him.

He was then sent to Luzira Prison until March 6th, 2024 after Prosecution led by Lydia Nakato informed Court that the investigations are still ongoing.

The Court has heard that between 2019 and January 2024 in Kampala District, Kibedi used a computer to post messages and videos on his Facebook accounts/pages namely; Kibedi Ronald Cox, Kibedicox Cox and Kibedi Abooki Cox.

The Prosecution says that he then made suggestions or proposals referring to  Juliet Zawedde a Ugandan social entreprenuer and musical artist based in America  as a Prostitute, Fraudster, Sex Worker , Fake Dollar Boss and other obscene words full of vulgarity, lewd lascivious or indecent.

The Court has further heard that during the same time and place, Kibedi with intent to insult the modesty of a woman, he recorded and posted videos on his Facebook accounts such that the said videos should be viewed by Zawedde.

This is not the first time that Kibedi is being charged with cyber harassment and insulting modesty of a woman. About a month ago, he was arraigned before the same Court presided over by Grade One Magistrate,Julia Basajjabalaba, where he applied for bail pending ruling today.

As a result, today he appeared before two separate courts to answer the said two separate files .

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In the old case before Basajjabalaba, he has been denied bail after Prosecution led by Judith Nyamwiza opposed his bail application on grounds that the sureties he presented were not substantial because after a verification of the documents they presented, it was found that they were not known in their respective places of residence submitted before Court.

As a result, the Magistrate has advised him to bring other sureties if he so wishes to seek bail and return to court on February 26th 2024.

According to section 24 of the Computer Misuse Act which Kibedi has been charged with, if found guilty, he is liable to pay a fine of 72 currency points(1.4 million shillings)or imprisonment not exceeding three years or both.

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