The Case for a Law against the Online Distribution of Non-Consensual Intimate Images in Uganda

Authors: Ronald Kakungulu-Mayambala, Rukundo Solomon, Victor Phillip Makmot & Diana Rutabingwa

ISSN: 1996-2193
Affiliations: LLB (Hons) (Mak), Dip LP (LDC), LLM (Fordham), SJD (Arizona), Associate Professor, School of Law, Makerere University; LLB (Hons) (UDSM), Dip LP (LDC), Associate Researcher, Mawazo Policy Research Centre; LLB (Hons) (Mak), Dip LP (LDC) Associate, Kirunda & Wesige Advocates; LLB (TUoN), LLM (Lond), MSC (Ebor), Senior Governance and Human Rights Advisor, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit
Source: Stellenbosch Law Review, Volume 32 Issue 1, 2021, p. 93 – 128


The distribution of sexually graphic or intimate images of individuals on the internet without their consent is on the rise in Uganda. Several female celebrities and lesser-known individuals have fallen victim to this phenomenon in recent years. This article examines the civil and criminal remedies currently available to the victims. The article argues that these remedies are insufficient to deal with the challenge posed by the non-consensual distribution of these intimate images in the online environment and argues for the creation of a new law that specifically addresses this issue.