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Music promoter Bajjo further remanded over inciting violence

By Farooq Kasule

Added 25th June 2019 07:37 PM

The state attorney Charlotte Kyohairwe asked the court to find the sureties not substantial on grounds that their places of abode on their national identity cards differed from those indicated on their local council letters.

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Andrew Mukasa aka Bajjo listening on while in the dock at Buganda Road Court

The state attorney Charlotte Kyohairwe asked the court to find the sureties not substantial on grounds that their places of abode on their national identity cards differed from those indicated on their local council letters.

 KAMPALA - Music promoter Andrew Mukasa aka Bajjo accused of inciting violence, has been further remanded until next week.

On Tuesday, Bajjo, 29, through his lawyer, Erias Lukwago presented three sureties in court in a bid to secure temporary freedom.

However, the state attorney Charlotte Kyohairwe asked the court to find the sureties not substantial on grounds that their places of abode on their national identity cards differed from those indicated on their local council letters. 

“Your Worship, I invite the court to find the sureties presented by the accused in court not substantial because of the variances in their places of abode,” Kyohairwe said.

The Buganda Road Grade One Magistrate Stella Amabilis said will give her ruling on July 5.

The sureties include his colleague Abby Musinguzi aka Abtex, activists Moses Bigirwa and Aloysius Matovu.

Last week, Bajjo was charged with two counts of inciting violence and offensive communication against President Yoweri Museveni.

He denied the charge of inciting violence but pleaded guilty on offensive communication, prompting Lukwago to inform the court that his client had not understood the charge due to poor interpretation of the charge by the court clerk.

When the matter resumed on Tuesday, he made a U-turn and denied the second count of offensive communication.

Bajjo is said to have made a video and posted it on social media platforms calling people to overthrow the government before 2021 general elections.

The case

Prosecution alleges that during the month of June 2019 in various places such as Masaka, Mbarara, Ibanda, and Kampala, Bajjo incited members of the public to carry out violent.

In regard to offensive communication, the state alleges that Bajjo also in June this year with an intent to disturb the peace and privacy of the president, recorded a video and posted it on social media talking of overthrowing the government.

According to prosecution, Bajjo allegedly used his mobile phone to make the suggestion with no purpose of legitimate communication.

The arrest

Bajjo was arrested two weeks ago at Mix Lounge, Centenary Park immediately after a press conference.

While at the press conference, he had announced to organize a marathon to facilitate Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine to earn money in failed concerts.

Of recent, the Police have been blocking Bobi Wine’s concerts for allegedly turning them into political rallies.

Bajjo was in the company of Abtex during the press conference but security only picked him.    

In May 2019, the duo sued Police and the Attorney General at the Civil Division of the High Court for refusing Bobi Wine from organising his Kyarenga concerts.

According to Musinguzi, the concerts had been organised in the districts of Kampala, Lira, Gulu, and Arua from April 22 to May 5 this year but in vain.

The events' promoters say they had entered into an agreement with Bobi Wine and his crew to provide entertainment at sh230m through the Easter Festivities but the police blocked them.


 

 

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