Bajjo granted bail

Andrew Mukasa of Bajjo events has finally been granted bail by Buganda road court.

Grade one magistrate Stella Amabilisi has temporally released Bajjo on a four million cash bail while his three suruties have been ordered to deposit a 20 million non cash bond.

State had earlier objected to Bajjo's bail application on grounds that he is likely to uttter more inciting statements supported by an oath of the investigating officer which the magistrate has dismissed after she was in agreement with Bajjo's lawyer Erias Lukwago that the alleged oath did not have the place were it was sworn from nor the name of the commissioner as the oath act law requires.

She then granted Bajjo bail and told him to not make another alleged inciting statement.

She has now adjourned further mention of the matter to the 25th of July 2019 for mention

Prosecution states that during the month of June 2019 at various places of Masaka , Ibanda and Kampala, the suspect willfully and repeatedly with intent to disturb the peace and privacy of the person of the President , Bajjo recorded an audio and posted it on social media containing inciting messages using his mobile phone.

Bajjo has spent almost four weeks on remand after he was remanded on charges of inciting violence against the person of the President on the 18th of June this year.

On the 24th of june, Bajjo through his lawyer Erias Lukwagoc presented suruties including Abbey Musinguzi also known as Abitex, opposition political activist Moses Bigirwa and TV producer Aloysius Matovu Kiza whom are all personal friends and business partners.

However prosecution asked court to deny him bail on grounds that he is likely to engage in more acts of violence if granted bail and that since investigations are ongoing, he might interfere with them.

The court also red afresh the charges to Bajjo and this time, he understood them and denied ever committing them.

On the 18th of this month, Bajjo was charged with inciting violence against the person of President Museveni for his political opinion and offensive communication after spending five hours in court cells.

On the charge of offensive communication, prosecution states that with an intention to disturb the peace and privacy of president Museveni , without any legitimate purpose recorded a video using his mobile phone containing messages threatening to overthrow the government of Uganda before the year 2021.

Bajjo pleaded not guilty to the first offense but when it came to the second offense, he pleaded guilty forcing his lawyer Lukwago to ask the magistrate to read the charge in Luganda the suspect best understood.

The magistrate however failed to get an interpreter and remanded him until today to gave time for court to find someone who is fluent in Luganda.

Bajjo threw court mainly his supporters into panoc when he accepted the second offense which carries a maximum sentence of seven years before his lawyer came and informed the magistrate that his client did not understand the charge being red in English.

Bajjo is being accused by police of distributing a video through social media and according to police, Banjo was calling upon people to engage in an up raising against President Museveni and his government.

According to the charge sheet, Bajjo is said to have committed two offenses at various places within Masaka, Ibanda and Kampala.

On the 15th of June, Bajjo was arrested immediately after he addressed a press conference in which he announced that he was going to organise a nationwide a marathon in support to Kyadongo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu to help Bobiwine raise money which he has allegedly lost following blocking of his concerts .

On the 17th of June the Uganda police spokes person Fred Enanga issued a press statement.

According to the said statement, the Special Investigation Directorate under the Criminal Investigations Directorate has taken over inquiries into the case of incitement to violence through social media by Andrew Mukasa of Bajjo Events.

The case relates to the comments he made in “Luganda” local language and circulated online.

When translated, Andrew Mukasa of Bajjo events warns H.E. The President of their plans to oust him before the year 2021, and further warns the military of similar plans to oust the President, and indicates with confidence how he had people backing him.”

The suspect consciously ran the risk of being charged for inciting violence, treason or misprision of treason, since the law protects the honor of the President as a democratically elected leader.

The Security Forces wish to warn all individuals and groups, that posting videos glorifying violence using undemocratic means is an infringement on the law.

We therefore, advise the public not to share such videos. As law enforcement agencies, we also pledge to work constructively with all stakeholders to understand the dangers of incitement to violence.

We are also aware of attempts by those who patronize the suspect to divert the attention of the public and investigators from the major investigation, by dragging the person of the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP), into the arrest of Andrew Mukasa.

We want to put it clear that the private car number plates indeed belong to our sister agency who logistically supported the police operation. Such number plates when the situation demands, can be used to achieve tactical or operational results. The DIGP last used those number plates in May, 2018, while appearing before the Parliamentary Appointments Committee.

He has since been allocated an official police vehicle and now has no attachment to those private numbers plates. The investigations will continue and the suspect will be handled in accordance with the laws of the country.