UCU student convicted for sharing video of herself masturbating on social media

Monday July 09 2018
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Lillian Rukundo was recently arraigned in Buganda Road Court and charged with 10 counts before being convicted on her own plea of guilty. PHOTO BY JULIET KIGONGO

A 23-year-old student of Uganda Christian University (UCU) has been convicted after pleading guilty to charges of broadcasting pornographic material and computer misuse.

Lillian Rukundo was on Monday arraigned in Buganda Road Court in Uganda’s capital Kampala and charged with 10 counts before being convicted on her own plea of guilty.
Prosecutions claims that Rukundo in 2017 while in her hostel in Mukono District produced a video of herself masturbating and shared it through social media for purposes of sexually arousing whoever watched it.
She has been charged with 10 counts of broadcasting pornographic material.
Rukundo also pleaded guilty to publishing pictures of her naked body from the breast to the knees.

The chief magistrate, Ms Mary Babirye remanded her to Luzira Prison until July 13, 2018 when she will return to court for sentencing.

Rukundo’s luck ran out last month when a whistleblower tipped the Pornographic Control Committee that was inaugurated by the Ethics and Integrity minister, Mr Simon Lokodo.

This comes just days after the same court last week convicted and sentenced a 25-year-old love-struck student to two years

MP weeps in court over love text messages

Thursday July 05 2018

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KAMPALA- A 25-year old student has been handed a two year prison sentence for confessing his “too much love” for Kabalore Woman Member of Parliament, Ms Sylvia Rwabwoogo.

Brian Isiko, a student at YMCA Jinja Branch was convicted on his own plea of guilty to counts of cyber harassment and offensive communication.

This is after Isiko dropped his earlier plea of not guilty.

He confessed that the calls and text messages professing obsessed love to the MP he had never physically seen, were from him.

Tears rolled down Ms Rwabwoogo’s cheeks as she told court that she started receiving calls admitting love from a stranger before the controversial Constitution Amendment Bill, that was passed in December to remove presidential age limits.

She said that it all started around November 2017, which made her think that someone was intending to harm her. She thought the calls and text messages were a trap her tormentors had set.

“At the start, I took it for granted thinking that maybe it was just a simple call from one of my constituents. Later, the calls became so frequent with the caller making more weird love confessions. I felt this had gone too far,” she said.  “So, I decided to report the incident to Police at Parliament. I blocked his number but the stalker resorted to text messages,” Ms Rwabwoogo testified.

One of his texts that provoked my fears read: “I love you so much and want to protect you. My love is for you alone and since there is no one taking care of you, I will do it. I have realised that you are in deep trouble.”

Ms Rwabwoogo said she received many calls and over 10 messages adding that at one time, her stalker texted asserting that he had failed to sleep at night because he was thinking about her.

The MP said she set up an appointment to meet the stalker after Police at Parliament assigned her a guard.

The meeting, according to the MP’s testimony took place on June 11, 2018 at Java House, Lugogo in Kampala.

 She testified that when they met, the stalker pulled out his identity card bearing the name of Brian Isiko. Moments later, her guard arrested him.

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Brian Isiko, a student at YMCA Jinja branch who was convicted on his own plea of guilty to counts of cyber harassment and offensive communication. PHOTO BY BETTY NDAGIRE

Ms Rwabwoogo added that what still puzzles her is that even when Isiko was in police custody she continued receiving love text messages from his phone.

She said this has caused her to suffer psychological torture.

As the MP testified, Isiko stood in the dock smiling sheepishly throughout the court session at Buganda Road Chief magistrate’s Court.

This moved the trial magistrate, Ms Gladys Kamasanyu to question him why he was stalking a woman almost twice his age.

“Everything she said is correct. I wanted her to become a personal friend. I ask for forgiveness. I also wanted her to give me ideas on how to run my poultry project,” he said. “I did not have any bad intention. In fact, that is why I agreed to meet her so that we could talk.”

Isiko said he got the MP’s number from the Parliament website.

In her verdict, Ms Kamasanyu said society has groomed men to always demean and disrespect women and that is why Isiko continued to bother Ms Rwabwogo even after blocking his calls.

“I have had the benefit to listen to both the complainant and the accused. The accused kept laughing all through the session.  This is a demeanour of a person who is not remorseful,” Ms Kamasanyu said. “At some point, the complainant broke down and this kind of harassment can only be done by a selfish person and the intentions are only known to him.”

She said considering the current security situation in the country, a custodial sentence is the best punishment as there is need to deter men who find it normal to harass women.

Ms Kamasanyu handed Isiko two years in prison on the count of cyber harassment and nine months for offensive communication, which sentences will run concurrently.

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I didn’t want to end up like late Nebanda, says MP Rwabwogo

Sunday July 08 2018


KAMPALA.

The Kabarole woman MP Sylvia Rwabwogo who has since Thursday been in the spotlight after court jailed a 25-year-old student for stalking her says he was being used by people who wanted to kill her.

Brian Isiko, a student at YMCA Jinja Branch was on Thursday convicted and sentenced to two years in Luzira prison after he pleaded guilty to charges of cyber harassment and offensive communication.

“Before you go on judging me and scolding me, I want to let you know that there's more than meets the eye in all this saga that has turned out to be a national issue. What most of you regard as mere love messages should know that this was not just love messages. This boy was being used by some selfish individuals in a mission to lure me with love and kill me,” Ms Rwabwogoa 42, wrote on her Facebook page on Sunday.

She says she endured fear and suffering due to “those who sent Brian to trap and kill me.” 

READ: MP weeps in court over love text messages

“Nebanda was killed in such a way. I didn't have to wait to be killed, as a precautionary measure, I had to seek the solace of authorities to protect myself, my family and constituents from horror. If it was for love, I have had many even those younger than Brian and much older, but this was none like other with intentions to harm me,” added Ms Rwabwogo a member of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) before calling upon Ugandans to be vigilant at all times. 

“We cannot go on dying like animals. Vigilance is key”

Cerinah Nebanda was a Member of Parliament representing the Butaleja District Women's Constituency who died in December 2012 at the age of 24.

Police investigations team linked her death to what they called "a narcotic drug syndicate operating in a number of countries including Uganda, Pakistan, and South Sudan".

On January 4, 2013, Nebanda's boyfriend, Adam Suleiman Kalungi, was arrested in Kenya and extradited to Uganda for questioning by police. He was however, acquitted of the criminal charges surrounding her death in July 2014. 

In Court last week, tears rolled down Ms Rwabwoogo’s cheeks as she told the trial magistrates that she started receiving calls admitting love from a stranger before the controversial Constitution Amendment Bill that was passed in December last year to remove presidential age limits.

Ms Rwabwogoa said that it all started around November 2017, which made her think that someone was intending to harm her. She thought the calls and text messages were a trap her tormentors had set. 

“At the start, I took it for granted thinking that maybe it was just a simple call from one of my constituents. Later, the calls became so frequent with the caller making more weird love confessions. I felt this had gone too far,” she said.  “So, I decided to report the incident to Police at Parliament. I blocked his number but the stalker resorted to text messages,” Ms Rwabwoogo testified.

One of his texts that provoked my fears read: “I love you so much and want to protect you. My love is for you alone and since there is no one taking care of you, I will do it. I have realised that you are in deep trouble.” 

Ms Rwabwoogo said she received many calls and over 10 messages adding that at one time, her stalker texted asserting that he had failed to sleep at night because he was thinking about her.

The MP said she set up an appointment to meet the stalker after Police at Parliament assigned her a guard.

The meeting, according to the MP’s testimony took place on June 11, 2018 at Java House, Lugogo in Kampala.

She testified that when they met, the stalker pulled out his identity card bearing the name of Brian Isiko. Moments later, her guard arrested him.


Brian Isiko, a student at YMCA Jinja Branch was last Thursday convicted on his own plea of guilty to counts of cyber harassment and offensive communication.

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