A local artiste has been remanded to Luzira Prison on charges of uttering offensive communication against President Museveni. The two men are charged with offensive communication by composing a song that disturbed president Museveni’s peace.
Mr David Mugema 31, and his music producer Jonah Muwanguzi 23, were on Tuesday afternoon arraigned before grade one magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu and charged with the offence contraty to section 25 of the computer misuse act.
Prosecution alleges that between 2015 and 2017 at Salama road in Makindye division, the duo wilfully and repeatedly composed, recorded, produced and electronically communicated through social media a song titled ‘Wumula’ where they attacked and disturbed the peace of of the president of Uganda without a purpose of legitimate communication.
“It is very unfortunate that people were brought to court when it is not constituted, but charges have to be read to them so that they know why they have been brought to court,” the presiding Grade One Magistrate Ms Gladys Kamasanyu observed and read out the charges to the accused.
Ms Kamasanyu also informed the accused that she had expected a prosecutor from the Uganda Communications commission (UCC) who did not show up because he was attending a workshop.
Muwanguzi was also charged with abetment of offensive communication. It is further alleged that Muwanguzi aided Mugema in producing the said song which annoyed the President.
Their lawyer Mr Abdullah Kiwanuka applied for bail for them but the magistrate said she would handle the bail application today when the state prosecutor would be present to respond.
“Hearing this bail application without a prosecutor may occasion injustice since they will not be heard to tell us the state of the inquiries in the case,” Ms Kamasanyu said and remanded the accused.
Efforts by the accused’s lawyer Abdalla Kiwanuka were turned down by the magistrate who informed him that it could only be possible on Wednesday when the state prosecutor is around.
The duo were remanded to Luzira until tomorrow Wednesday. They both denied the charges.