Music and Events promoter Andrew Mukasa aka Bajjo has been charged with incitement of violence against president Museveni due to his political opinion. 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 upraising against President Museveni and his government.
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 denied the first count but pleaded guilty to offensive communication causing a commotion among his lawyers and sympathizers in the courtroom. However, there was drama as Bajjo’s lawyers led by Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago pleaded to the magistrate to charge the plea arguing that the accused had not understood the charges to which he had pleaded guilty. “While translating for him, the particulars of the offense were not translated. It would be a miscarriage of justice for a plea of guilty to be entered without a proper translation,” the repentant Lukwago told the Chief Magistrate.
There was a heated argument as the Chief Magistrate insisted that the accused had clearly understood before pleading guilty to the charges read to him by the court clerk. “He is the one who pleaded guilty and I don’t want anyone talking now. I know he understood well before pleading. Because of that, I have entered a plea of guilty,”Amabilis said.
“Your worship, I humbly pray this does not happen. It was an ambiguous plea” Lukwago said. After listening to Mr Lukwago’s request, Ms Amabilis suspended proceeding for about 10 minutes to find an interpreter. However, when she failed to find one, she opted to remand Bajjo Luzira prisons until June 25. “You will have to return on Tuesday when we have got a translator who clearly understands the language,” Amabilis said.