By Fred Kiva
The Special Investigation Directorate under the Criminal Investigations Directorate has taken over inquiries into the case of incitement to violence through social media by Music Promoter Andrew Mukasa of Bajjo Events.
The revelation was made by police spokesperson Fred Enanga during a weekly press briefing at Police headquarters Naguru on Monday. Bajjo was arrested on Saturday at Centenary Park in Kampala after addressing a press conference, where he had announced a marathon event purportedly to raise money for Kyadondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine), as compensation for blocked music concerts.
Enanga revealed that Mukasa’s case relates to comments he recently made in Luganda and circulated online. “When translated, Andrew Mukasa of Bajjo events warns President Museveni 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.
“The suspect consciously ran the risk of being charged for inciting violence, treason or misprision of treason, since the law protects the honor of the President as a democratically elected leader,” he added. The Police Spokesperson re-echoed a warning by security forces to all individuals and groups, posting videos “glorifying violence using undemocratic means” saying it is an infringement on the law.
“We, therefore, advise the public not to share such videos. As law enforcement agencies, we also pledge to work constructively with all stakeholders to understand the dangers of incitement to violence,” Enanga said. He revealed that the Music Promoter is now being held at the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) Directorate in Kireka, pending sanctioning of his case file by the Directorate of Public Prosecutions.