KAMPALA – Troubled Events promoter and People Power activist Andrew Mukasa of Bajjo Events has on Tuesday afternoon been taken to Buganda road magistrate’s court to be formally charged.
The promoter faces the cases related to the comments he made warning the president of Uganda on how they will oust him before 2021 which circulated online.
Upon arrival at the Buganda Raod Court, Bajjo praised his lawyer Erias Lukwago who helped him after the arrest.
“If my lawyers managed to rescue me from where I was detained since Saturday, I know they will do the same thing even today at court,” he said.
He also urged his friends and family not to worry about him.
Bajjo was arrested by security operatives on the morning of Saturday 15 June at Mix Lounge, Centenary Park after holding a press conference, he was manhandled and driven to an unknown location.
Immediately after addressing journalist, three plainclothes security operatives and two counter-terrorism policemen pounced on Bajjo, clad in a white t-shirt, and red jacket, dragged him in a waiting white Toyota Hiace before being driven to an unknown location.
However, police and Special Forces of Command (SFC) denied arresting Bajjo saying they had no reason.
Maj Jimmy Omara, the SFC PRO said “There is some news making rounds on social media about an alleged arrest of Mr. Andrew Mukasa a music promoter. SFC has not carried out any operation in regard to what is being peddled. This is baseless and malicious. Please ignore it with the utmost contempt it deserves.”
On Monday, the Uganda Police Spokesperson CP Fred Enanga said Mr. Mukasa is going to be charged for inciting violence, treason or misprision of treason.
While addressing the media at Police Headquarters in Naguru, CP Enanga said that “He [Bajjo] further warns the military of similar plans to oust the President, and indicates with confidence how he had people backing him.”
Mr. Enanga also warned 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,” he remarked.
Mr. Enanga on the other hand, trashed allegations that the Deputy Inspector General of Police Brig Sabiiti Muzeyi is behind the arrest of Bajjo.
“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 (DIGP), into the arrest of Andrew Mukasa,” he said.