The Buganda Road Grade One Magistrate, Stella Maris Amabilis dismissed the charges following a request by Bajjo's Lawyers, Erias Lukwago and Shamim Malende. They told court that the prosecution led by Ivan Kyazze has failed to produce witnesses to testify against the accused.
Events Promoter Andrew Mukasa Alias Bajjo in the Dock at Buganda Road Court
The Buganda Road Magistrate’s Court has dismissed charges of inciting
violence and offensive communication against Events Promoter, Andrew Mukasa
alias Bajjo due to lack of witnesses.
The Buganda Road Grade One Magistrate, Stella
Maris Amabilis dismissed the charges following a request by Bajjo's Lawyers,
Erias Lukwago and Shamim Malende. They told court that the prosecution
led by Ivan Kyazze has failed to produce
witnesses to testify against the accused.
argued that their client has spent a lot of time
and resources to appear in court yet the prosecution isn’t ready to commence
trial. However, in response, prosecution asked court to summon the
witnesses led by Senior Superintendent of Police, Henry Mugumya, the
Acting Commissioner Media Crimes at CID to come and testify.
ruling, Amabilis noted that the case has suffered
eight adjournments because of the failure by prosecution to present witnesses. She
noted that more adjournments would be doing a disservice to the accused person
and infringe on his rights as a person who has attended all court proceedings.
dismissed the matter and directed Bajjo to
recover the Shillings 4 million he deposited with court as bail money. Speaking
to Journalists shortly after the court session, Bajjo insisted that he didn’t commit
He advised Ugandans to keep strong and resilient, saying they
can achieve anything with determination. Bajjo was arraigned in Buganda Road
Court in 2019 where he was charged with two counts of offensive communication
and inciting violence.
Prosecution alleged that during the month of June 2019
at various places in Masaka, Kampala and Banda Districts, Bajjo incited the
public to do an act of violence against the person of the President Yoweri
Kaguta Museveni because of his political opinion.
It is also alleged that in the same areas, Bajjo
willfully and repeatedly and with intentions to disturb the person and privacy
of President Museveni, recorded a video using his phone and posted it on social
media, saying he wanted to overthrow the legitimate government of Uganda before
Bajjo, who had previously threatened to commit suicide if
these charges are not dismissed, has been out on bail.