KAMPALA – Music and Events promoter Andrew Mukasa aka Bajjo has this afternoon been charged with incitement of violence against the person of president Museveni due to his political opinion.
Bajjo who has almost spent 5 hours in the court’s holding cell while waiting to appear before a magistrate having been brought at court at about mid-day has been remanded to Luzira prison for lack of a Luganda interpreter.
Bajjo who appeared before Grade one magistrate Stellah Maris Amabilisi was further charged with offensive communication in which 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.
According to the charge , Bajjo allegedly incited the public to do an act of violence against the president in this month of June while at various places within Masaka , Ibanda, Mbarara and Kampala districts.
Bajjo who pleaded not guilty to the first offense was not allowed to take plea on the charge of offensive communication in order to allow court avail him with a Luganda interpreter to read the charge to for him after he first pleaded guilty .
The plea of guilty threw untold panic to members of the gallery until his lawyer Elias Lukwago asked court to re-read the charges in a better Luganda version.
“Your worship my client does not understand English, we pray that court gets him a Luganda interpreter who will read the charge sheet for him,” Mr Lukwago told court.
The magistrate stood over the case for ten minutes to look for an interpreter whom she unfortunately failed to get, hence deciding to send Bajjo on remand for a week . He is to return back to court on June 25, 2019.
However had court accepted Bajjo’s guilty plea, he would be liable for imprisonment for not more than 7 years.
Bajjo was last weekend arrested by security operatives immediately after a dressing a press conference at Centenary park in Kampala with fellow music promoter Abbey Musinguzi alias Abitex about the cancelled shows of Kyandondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu ….Bobi Wine .
Since Saturday he has been in police custody at the Special Investigation unit -Kireka.