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Music promoter Bajjo faces treason charges

Bajjo being arrested

Bajjo being arrested

Police is considering slapping treason charges against music promoter Andrew Mukasa also known as Bajjo, who was arrested on Saturday.

Police spokesman Fred Enanga told journalists in Kampala on Monday that Bajjo's treason charges stem from a video in which he was allegedly inciting people to cause an uprising against President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and his government. The video was uploaded on social media.

Bajjo's arrest came moments after a press conference in which he announced a marathon organized to support Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, the Kyadondo East member of parliament to raise money he has lost over a number of failed concerts and children who lost parents during the infamous Arua riots last year.   

Mukasa, trading as Bajjo Events and his colleague Abby Musinguzi, also known as Abtex productions, dragged the police to court last month for blocking Bobi Wine’s Kyarenga concerts. According to their records, up to 124 concerts featuring Kyagulanyi, have been cancelled since 2017.

The two companies said that they had a memorandum of understanding with Bobi Wine to provide entertainment at a cost of Shs 230 million. The musician cum politician had reportedly received half of the payment before the concerts were blocked.  

According to the police however, the concerts that had been organized to take place in the districts of Kampala, Lira, Gulu, and Arua from April 22 to May 5, 2019, were blocked after the organizers failed to adhere to the stricter safety guidelines and site infrastructure concerns at the selected venues. 

Police indicated that the previous Kyarenga concerts were characterized with multiple incidents related to public nuisance due to overcrowding, thefts, violation of traffic rules and various misconducts, which were not only a breach of law but also a danger to the revellers and the lives of other members of the community. 

“Our intelligence picked up information that the event was still a risk to public safety. The promoters totally failed to meet the proactive harm minimization measures agreed upon to help address potential eventualities that might arise due to overcrowding,” police spokesperson Enanga said.

Enanga said Bajjo is now detained at Special Investigations Division in Kireka.  

Meanwhile, police has warned the public against dragging deputy inspector general of police, Maj Gen Muzeeyi Sabiiti, into Bajjo's arrest after it emerged that that van registration number UAT 511C that armed security men used to whisk Bajjo away belongs to the IGP.

The same number plate was also seen on a Land Cruiser Sabiiti chauffeured in March last year when he was going to parliament for vetting. Enanga, said dragging deputy IGP into Bajjo’s arrest was intended to divert the public from major investigations of inciting the public to rise up against President Museveni and his government. 

Enanga said UAT 511C and other number plates have been registered under pseudo names purposely to be used by security units during covert operations. 

“We want to put it clear that the private car number plates indeed belong to our sister agency that logistically supports the police operation. Such number plates when the situation demands can be used to achieve tactical or operational results. The DIGP last used those number plates in May 2018, while appearing before the parliamentary Appointments Committee,” Enanga said.

Police said Sabiiti has since been allocated an official police vehicle and now has no attachment to those private numbers plates.

“The case relates to the comments he made in the local language, Luganda and circulated online. When translated, Andrew Mukasa of Bajjo events warns H.E. the president of their plans to oust him before the year 2021, and further warns the military of similar plans to oust the president, and indicates with confidence how he had people backing him,” Enanga said.

Other offences police are considering slapping against Bajjo include inciting violence, misprision of treason. 


+2 #1 kirya 2019-06-18 02:41
The thugs corrupt self imposed thieves reside in the state house.

Nobody has ever charged them for enjoying taxmusthas to go home and help Kagame
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+4 #2 Zaitun 2019-06-18 09:30
"Music promoter Bajjo faces treason charges," accoring to news head line.
Our dear Police spokesman Fred Enanga, can you state clearly what a "treason charge" means or you just want to play about with words?

If you really stand by what you intend, be assured that Mr Bajjo has done nothing deserving to be labelled as treason!!! You should not play about with words just to satisfy a despot whose days are now far deeper in darkness.

Very soon, with day light breaking through, you guys will find your lots bedridden with heart attack as Ugandans will demand justice with the International Court of Justice.

Be a happy man to be manipulated to the bones while those going about rampaging the country of the scarce resources are busy wining every second!!!
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+5 #3 Lakwena 2019-06-18 10:39
But Afande Fred Enanga should be reminded that: according to the social, economic and political situation analysis on the ground; no Ugandan needs to be incited by another Ugandan to rise up against President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

In other words, it is self-evident that the things that are inciting the people of Uganda against Mr. M7 are Mr. M7's own words and making.

E.g. on 26th January 2017, Mr. M7 told Ugandans that he is nobody's servant or employee, and that he is in State House (power) fighting only for himself and family.

That if some Ugandans thought he came to power in order to help them, they are mistaken.

In other words, Mr. M7's selfishness, defines his style of public administration, characterized by lies, nepotism, tribalism, marginalization, chronic corruption (grabbing) organized/classified violence against the opposition, etc.
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+2 #4 Lakwena 2019-06-18 11:02
How many Ugandans would like to pay taxes all his/her life, but at the end of the day and/or his/her life receive no value for money social services?

E.g.,except the current few dirty regime fat cats and immediate beneficiaries like Enenga; why would any sane Ugandan (parent) clap and applaud Mr. M7/NRM over UPE (Useless Primary Education; USE (useless Secondary Education and even useless university education (unemployable)?

Including studying under the trees and sitting on mud bricks and writing on the laps; when going to schools and the University of Dar-es-Salam, did Mr. M7 and wife receive the current sub-standard education? Nyet!
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+2 #5 Lakwena 2019-06-18 11:07
Did Mr. M7's parent die by the road side while seeking medication attention from health centers that did not have medicine or doctors? Nyet!

How many parents love to stare into their empty wallets, while their children are at home, hungry and looking into their eyes expecting something to eat and the landlord is knocking at the door?

These are the things infuriating and inciting Ugandans, but not Hon Kyagulanyi, Dr. Besigye or Mukasa Bajjo.

And how many Ugandans/parents wouldn't love to have one of the BoU scandal pallet of UShs.90 billion offloaded at their door steps?

Just asking
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+1 #6 Lakwena 2019-06-18 11:11
In other words, unless Ugandans are escaping from freedom; the more things get worse. the more Ugandans especially the youths will not be afraid of treason and its logical consequences.

Otherwise, at the rate of unemployment and social economic injustices, the future is bleak.
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+3 #7 juwait kali 2019-06-18 11:23
Why blame Mr kaguta when you have seen what has happened to all his friends E. G muamar, mubaraka, mugabe, Bashir, Tunisia, kabira extra.

Don't you think he knows its definitely coming to Nakasero?
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0 #8 kabayekka 2019-06-19 02:25
So by talking to some people as they listen to you one has committed a treason offence in this NRM liberated African country?
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