Bajjo, Abitex granted bail

By Sania Babirye

Two event promoters Abe Musinguzi of Abitex entertainment and Andrew Mukasa of Bajjo events and two others have been granted bail by Buganda road court.

Grade one magistrate Doreen Kalungi has ordered the group to each pay a cash bail of 200’000 shillings while their sureties including local Musician Mathias Walukaga have been ordered to deposit 500,000 shillings not cash and see that the suspects return to court on the 15th of this month for further mention of their case.

Walukaga told journalists that he decided to stand surety for Abitex because he believes in his cause of demanding for food for the poor. He says that it is not fair that many Ugandans continue to donate food and money to government to help many starving Ugandans in the lock down yet government is not giving out the said food, leaving many especially women and children to starve.

The duo is charged with disobeying lawful orders by negligently doing an act likely to spread an infectious disease COVID-19 which they denied.

Meanwhile , the magistrate declined a request by Hon. Medard Segona to have court substitute part of the four million shillings that one of the suspect Bajjo had paid to court last year after court dismissed the said case.

However, the magistrate noted that Bajjo must pay the 200,000 shillings today because the four million was paid in a different case which she did not handle.

She has advised Bajjo to apply to court to have his four million refunded since he is entitled to it by law since the said case was dismissed.

Lawyer Segona expressed dismay at how government works saying its unfair that government is still keeping Bajjo’s money one year later yet he has again to deposit more money to the same court.

The group was arrested yesterday at the prime ministers office demanding an explanation from the prime minister to as why they were not giving out donated relief food to starving Ugandans in the ongoing lockdown.

These were arrested with placards demanding for relief food.

Promoters Abitex and bajjo arrested

By Robert Segawa

Central police station in Kampala have foiled a demonstration staged by People Power promoters who say government has failed to provide them relief food during Covid-19 lock down.

Abbey Musinguzi known as Abitex was intercepted at prime ministers office with placard, while his known comrade Andrew Mukasa of Bajjo events was also been arrested at theater Labonita in central Kampala.

According to Kampala deputy police spokesman Luke Owoyesigyire, the two known People Power promoters were arrested carrying Placards reading, “this is not politics we want food”.

Owoyesigyire adds that police tried to stop them but they refused, they were then prompted to arrest them for disobedience of lawful order. They were taken to Central POlice Station to record statements.

According to Abbey Musinguzi, they have been home waiting for food in vain until president Museveni extended the lock down for another 14 days.

Bajjo case dismissed after witness fails to testify

By Sania Babirye

Buganda Road has dismissed the Bajjo case and has ordered the refund of his four million cash bail money.
Andrew Mukasa of Bajjo events has been in court of charges of inciting violence and offensive communication against against the president.

This came after the only witness and complainant Detective Senior Superintendent of Police Henry Mugunya; the acting commissioner in-charge of media at CID refused to come to court to testify despite being summoned to appear in court on several occasions.

However, state led by Ivan Kyazze and Patricia Cingitho has asked trial magistrate Stellah Amabilisi to instead issue a warrant of arrest against the senior police officer to force him to come to court and testify against Banjo.

But Bajjo’s lawyers led by Erias Lukwago have insisted that the charges against his client should be dismissed because its President Museveni the alleged victim who must come and testify in court but not the police officer.

On the ,23rd of January 2020, the magistrate threatened to dismiss the case if the said witness did not turn up in court to testify.

Prosecution states that in June 2019 at various places in Masaka, Mbarara, Ibanda and Kampala, Bajjo incited members of the public to carry out violent acts against the person of president Museveni .

In the same charge sheet , it’s further alleged that Bajjo with an intention to disturb the peace and privacy of the president, Bajjo recorded a video and posted it on social media containing messages that he would overthrow the government before 2021.

According to prosecution Bajjo used his mobile phone to make suggestions with no purpose of legitimate use /communication hence abusing the computer miss Use Act.

On the 18th of June 2019, Bajjo was charged after spending five hours in court cells.

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 saying his client did not understand English.

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 after police blocked his concerts .

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.

Bajjo to be charged with inciting violence against the president

By Sania Babirye

Music promoter Andrew Mukasa of Bajjo events is at Buganda road court waiting to be arraigned and officially charged with inciting violence against the person of the President and offensive communication.

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 Saturday Bajjo was arrested immediately after he addressed a press conference in which he announced that he was going to organize 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,the statement read.

Events promoter Bajjo in trouble over viral Facebook video

By Robert Segawa

Police has said the People Power supporter and music promoter Andrew Mukasa of Bajjo Events will faces treason charges.

Mukasa also known as Bajjo Events was on Saturday arrested by security officers who were dressed in police uniform attached to the Special Forces Command an incident that raised a debate.

However, the police spokesperson, Fred Enanga said the Special Investigations Division of the police is investigating Bajjo over a video in which he was recorded threatening to overthrow President Museveni before the next election in 2021.

According to Fred Enanga, Mukasa aka Bajjo has this morning handed over to special investigation unit Division in Kireka for more investigation on the video’s the accused shared on social media as he threatened to overthrow the elected government before 2021 election.

“The investigation will lead to charges of treason and threatening violence against Mukasa” said Enanga .

In the video that was shared on social media platforms, Bajjo is seen threatening to oust President Museveni’s government before 2021 and warning the army against standing in their way during the oust.

Enanga explained that being a lawfully elected President of Uganda,Museveni enjoys all privileges,adding that it is an offense for anyone to threaten ousting him using force.

“We warn the public against spreading the video’s which is more inciting and harmful to the country.” He added that investigations are ongoing but noted if complete, the file will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions for perusal and will appear in courts of law as soon as done.

Abitex, Bajjo sue IGP over blocked Bobi Wine concerts

By Sania Babirye
Two events promoters have petitioned the high court seeking orders to declare the 14th April directive by the inspector General of police to ban all kyarenga concerts of the Kayadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi also known as Bobi wine countrywide null and void.

The promoters include Abe Musinguzi of Abetex entertainment and Bajjo events and Market entertainment.

Through renown city lawyer and also opposition politician Erias Lukwago, the applicants are suing the inspector General of police and the government of Uganda through the attorney General.

These claim that the IGP directive was unconstitutional since it they were never given a fair hearing.

These are also challenging their alleged violent arrest at Busabala one love beach on the 20th of April when one of the said Kyarenga concert was expected to take place.

They further claim that other Kyarenga concerts had been organized in Gulu Arua among other places but were all concerned.

They say that the IGPs directive was unfair and unreasonable and a violation of their human Rights.

They are now seeking court to declare the said directive null and void and instead ask court to order police to provide security at their future concerts instead of blocking them.

Speaking immediately after filling the petition, Lukwago revealed that his client’s main prayer is not compensation but want their concerts not to be blocked by the Uganda police countrywide.

He says his clients lost businesses, incurred costs and spent a lot of money in organizing the said blocked concerts including in advertisement and paying for service providers and other attendant costs.

He adds that in the wisdom of court and if court indeed finds that the IGP directive was wrong and that his clients indeed suffered loses, incured costs and suffered damages , then court should award them compesation.

Justice Lydia Mugambe has been appointed to hear the case.

On ths 10th of May this year, the Highcourt in Kampala dismissed an application in which contraversial local Musician turned politician and also Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi ak Bobi wine had sued the Uganda Police of violating his rights to work and earn a living by banning his musical shows .

Presiding judge Harrieta Woloyo instead declined to stop police from blocking and interfering in Bobi wine’s music shows on grounds that BobiWine failed to demonstrate in his evidence how the banned music shows violated his rights to work , freedom of assembly, association and speech among other freedoms.

In her rulling, justice Woloyo explained that Bobwine failed in his duty to prove to court on how the Uganda police and the Attorney General violated his rights.

The judge based her rulling on written submissions since she did not entertain oral submissions in the case.

On the 8th of October 2017, Bobiwine petitioned the high court in which he claimed that he has lived all his adult life earning a living through live music perfomaces until on 8th of October 2017 when police banned his shows while fronting security concerns.

In his defence, Bobiwine stated that the police’s reasons for blocking his musical shows were a b violation of his right to work and freedoms to speech, liberty and movement.

Through renowned Human rights lawyer Ladislous Rwakafuuzi , Bobi Wine claimes that he has since lost 300 million shillings for his cancelled shows at Colline Hotel Mukono, Kamuli, Busoga and in Kasese district where he had been invited and paid 20 million by his fellow legislator Jackson Mbaju to perform for his supporters in Busongora South County.

The banned shows we’re supposed to take place between 12th/ and 21st /October 2017 respectively.

According to the plaint , the claimed 300 million shillings arise out of partial payments music promoters had made to Bobi Wine and numerous advertisements inform of banners and posters that were plucked down by police men and crime preventers.

Bobi Wine waa seeking prohibition orders against the Attorney General and the Kampala Metropolitan police commander Frank Mesigwa whom he accused of threatening to end his music career from permanently interfering in his stage performances.

Bobi Wine had stated that unless court intervened in his situation, his livelihood and that of his family hanged in jeopardy.

Up-to-date police continues to prevent Bobiwine from holding any musical shows anywhere in Uganda including his beach in Busabala.