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Man Arrested For Using Facebook To Fuel Tribal Conflicts

Police have arrested a man responsible for a series of offensive Facebook posts about Itesots and Japhadola in Tororo district that fuel up tribal sentiments on a daily.

Police say following a report of a series of offensive online posts relating to the two rival tribes from a Facebook page alleged to be belonging to 100.2 East Fm Midundo Zaidi an, investigation was sanctioned by UCC.

After a few months, police traced the Facebook page to having been created and managed by a 31-year old Andrew Ofumbe, a former employee of the same radio station.

He had created a parody account with similar features as that of the prominent radio station which was used to spread divergent views and ignite hatred between the two different tribal groups in Tororo District.

“We have arrested him and charged him of offensive communication under the Communications Act. He has since been taken to Tororo Police Station where he shall then be arraigned before courts of law,” Police said in a statement, adding: “We hope that the arrest of this individual sends a clear message that police will not tolerate any form of activity which could incite hatred and provoke offensive comments on social media.”

 

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