A businessman in Kitgum accused of hacking into the Facebook account of the Senior Presidential Advisor on Special Operations, Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, has asked the court to summon the complainant to court.

Prince Abwola Joel Otim, 30, a businessman in Kitgum District, made the request yesterday before the Specialized Utilities Wildlife and Standards Court when his case came up for hearing.

During his submission, Mr. Otim asserted that since the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) alleges that he impersonated Muhoozi.  He would be glad if the real Muhoozi appeared in Court.

According to Ms. Marion Mangeni, Mr. Otim is charged with four counts of electronic fraud, unauthorized access, unauthorized modification of computer material and personation, all contrary to the Computer Misuse Act.

Prosecution contends that Mr. Otim, between February and June within Uganda, unlawfully gained access into Gen Kainerugaba’s Facebook account and used it to send a deceitful message to Mr. Stephen Oketayot’s phone, and caused him to send Shs102,000 to a phone number registered in the names of Otim, thereby securing unlawful gain.

It stated that between the same months, Mr. Otim intentionally and unlawfully gained access to Gen Kainerugaba’s Twitter page.

On the count of unauthorized modification, it is asserted that the suspect did acts that caused illegal amendment of contents of the computer by hacking into Gen Kainerugaba’s Twitter page and intercepted social media chats of Oketayot.

Otim is also accused of falsely representing himself as Gen Kainerugaba on Facebook to obtain money from Oketayot.

The Magistrate adjourned Court and set 3rd October for further hearing of the Case.

 

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