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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.

They 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.

In her 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. 

She therefore 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 any crime.

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 2021 elections.

Bajjo, who had previously threatened to commit suicide if these charges are not dismissed, has been out on bail.  

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