Uganda: Events Promoter Bajjo Asks Court to Dismiss Charges Against Him

3 December 2019

There was drama in court yesterday when a music promoter, Andrew Mukasa, alias Bajjo, who is facing charges in connection with disturbing the peace of President Museveni, protested his trial.

Mr Mukasa had appeared yesterday before the Buganda Road Chief Magistrate's court with the hope of having the charges against him dismissed due to lack of prosecution as previously promised by the trial magistrate, Ms Stella Amabilisi.

However, he was surprised when his case file was taken before another magistrate, Ms Marion Mangeni, who informed him that the trial magistrate was not around and thus adjourning the matter to January 13 next year.

"Your honour, I am tired of coming here every time without seeing any progress in the case. The prosecution has no case against me," Mr Mukasa shouted on top of his voice.

In the previous hearing, Mr Mukasa through his lawyer had asked court to dismiss his case saying the matter was brought way back in June this year thus the state ought to have had the police file. The state had indicated that they did not have a police file thus seeking for an adjournment which court granted on condition that failure to present her witnesses at the next hearing, the case would be dismissed.

The case

Prosecution contends that during the month of June at various places in Masaka, Mbarara, Ibanda and Kampala, Mr Mukasa incited members of the public to carry out violent acts against the person of the President.

It is further alleged that Mr Mukasa, with intent to disturb the peace and privacy of the President, recorded a video and posted it on social media containing messages that he would overthrow the government before 2021.

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