For confessing his “too much love” for Kabalore Woman Member of Parliament, Ms Sylvia Rwabwoogo, a 25-year old Ugandan student has been handed a two year prison sentence. According to the legislator, Brian Isiko, a student at YMCA -Jinja branch started sending her messages and calls expressing his undying love towards her.
The lawmaker who disclosed that she never took it serious thinking it was from one of her constituents, however told the court that she was worried when the messages and calls from the stranger persisted.
According to her, the messages persisted ahead of the controversial Constitution Amendment Bill that was passed in December to remove presidential age limits which made her think that someone wanted to hurt her.
“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,” read one of the messages to the MP.
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 Sylvia Rwabwoogo who cried as she narrated her stalking ordeal in court also said she received many calls and over 10 messages adding that at one time, as her stalker texted asserting that he had failed to sleep at night because he was thinking about her. She added that this was the time of kidnaps and murders all over the country.
“I took up the matter with police at parliament which assigned a guard and advised me to set up an appointment to meet the stalker,”Rwabwogo said.
The meeting was held on June 11th , 2018, at Java House, Lugogo and Isiko showed up from where he was arrested. On Thursday afternoon, Isiko pleaded guilty to charges of cyber harassment and offensive communication before Buganda Road grade one Magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu.
He confessed to the facts of the offence as were read to him in court stating that the calls and text messages professing passionate love to the MP he had even never physically met were from him. In her verdict, the judge, Kamasanyu, who handed the student a two-year jail sentence on the count of cyber harassment and nine-months for offensive communication, said the society has groomed men to always demean and disrespect women and that is why Isiko continued to bother Rwabwogo even after blocking his calls.