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Bizonto comedians granted bail

Bizonto comedians in court

Bizonto comedians in court

Local comedians commonly known by their stage name as Bizonto have been granted bail, hours after they were arrested from Radio Simba premises today morning. 

They were re-arrested on Friday on charges of promoting sectarianism and offensive communication. The three, Julius Sserwanja is also known as Kidomoole, Mbabaali Maliseeri (Uncle Luyuguumo), and Gold Ki Matono, also known as Opeto and Peter Sssaabakaaki (Omuzinyuuzi) were arrested from Radio Simba over a satirical skit which, according to the government was used to promote sectarianism. Their counterpart was not found at the station at the time of their arrest.

Today afternoon, the comedians appeared before Grade One magistrate Asuman Muhumuza. It is alleged that the comedians and others still at large within the district of Kampala made and published on different social media platforms videos containing information that is likely to incite discontent by citizens of Uganda against the Banyankole tribe. This was reportedly done by indicating that most of the leaders in Uganda are of the Banyankole tribe.

However, they denied the charges and through their lawyers led by Derrick Lutalo applied to be freed on bail pending disposal of the case against them. The lawyers presented several sureties who included their friends, relatives and human rights defenders.

However, in response, the prosecution led by Patricia Cingtho opposed the bail application saying the sureties presented did not have local council letters confirming their places of abode.

But in his ruling, the magistrate overruled the submissions of the prosecution saying the national identity cards produced by the sureties are credible and binding documents. He accordingly granted them bail of Shs 100,000 cash while their sureties were asked to execute a bail of Shs 500,000, not cash.  

The accused were ordered to reappear in court on April 8, 2021, for mention as inquiries continue.  They were first arrested in July last year after producing and circulating a skit titled "who are our leaders," in which they mockingly prayed for Uganda's top leaders.

The seven-minute skit which was uploaded on July 15, 2020, on YouTube, started with a musical and in it, the group members listed all persons who are holding key positions in the Electoral Commission, Uganda Revenue Authority, Uganda Prisons, Uganda National Roads Authority, National Social Security Fund, Bank of Uganda, Ministry of Finance, Internal Security Organisation - headed by individuals who all hail from western Uganda. 

They listed President Museveni, the Chief of Defence Forces Gen David Muhoozi, and Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the senior presidential advisor on special operations back then. The others they listed are Bank of Uganda governor Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile, ministry of Finance Permanent Secretary Keith Muhakanizi, the commissioner-general of Prisons Dr Johnson Byabashaija, The minister of Security Gen Elly Tumwine, Internal Security Organisation boss Col Bagyenda Kaka, Chief of Military Intelligence Maj Gen Abel Kandiho, the commander of the Special Forces Command Maj Gen James Birungi, and the Electoral Commission chairperson, Justice Simon Byabakama Mugenyi.    

They added that although the known Inspector General of Police (IGP) is Martin Okoth Ochola, the actual police boss then was his deputy Sabiiti Muzeeyi, who also hails from the westen region. They said that because children were stuck at home following the closure of schools due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was important that they are reminded to always pray for their leaders.

In their latest skit, Bizonto said Ugandans ought to be whistleblowers about the ongoings in the country. They wondered whether God has forsaken Uganda, saying poverty is more rampant, insecurity rife with everyone suspicious of another with belief that they are spying on them.
 
They said Ugandans now fear to hitch car lifts because of the state inspired kidnaps using vehicles infamously known as drones. They also hinted at the election malpractice, asking why God just looks on as Ugandans continue to suffer from election malpractice with even the Electoral Commission posting fake election results. The comedians also trolled pastor Aloyzious Bugingo, who they said collects tithe from the poor only for his girlfriend to come on social media and pause that he buys her a bra for Shs 2 million. 

"God is there any particular group that you gave exclusive rights to own all the land in Uganda, they want to take all the land here...God, if you so wish, manifest yourself. Even if it means through the [American ferry recently docked at Mombasa] so be it...God, really why do you continue to just look on as we continue to suffer and be at the mercy of just a few people. God, manifest your power and make some of our tormentors suffer as well. We'll enjoy their suffering when we see them writhing in pain. Did you send these people to be in charge of the lakes that they have now sold?" they said in the skit.

"God, if you want the names of our tormentors we can provide you with the list. They are very few, they borrow money every day to live large and then make us pay back through the nose. They behave like lords of the earth, they own villages and villages of grabbed land. For sure, God what did we do to you? How can you just look as we continue to be tormented by these few people?," they added.

Comments

-2 #1 Akot 2021-03-05 20:38
Why are Ugandans enemies of themselves & are ensuring Museveni uses them to terrorise one another?

Ugandans in justice have ensured no one who opposes Museveni gets away with it; now comedians are brought to justice for tribalism...but Museveni who tribally divided & rules is left in peace!

Tribal leaders ensure tribal division, thus Museveni's post & family business!

Why do Ugandans hate & punish themselves so by assuring Museveni's rule?

Why do Ugandans believe they have no right to live decently, freely, normally on their land?

What will Ugandans do when Museveni will be no more, form Independent Tribal States or go along with the demon's son & remain slaves?
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-1 #2 Wainanchi 2021-03-05 21:19
No mercy for crooks and enemies Even jokes could add fuel on fire.

Ed already had civic unrest and comedy of this kind is unacceptable anywhere and also not here.
Who is behind these provocations,?????
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-1 #3 Wainanchi 2021-03-06 14:10
@ Akot-- As soon as I see your name I know what you intend to say Hahaha looser.!!!!

Hahaha......You will not succeed with you false naratives and these crooked so called comedians were paid by foreign spies to undermine Uganda
If I were in position of power I would give them ,TEN CANES OF BEATINGS ON THEIR SMELLY ASSESS.Huhihihihijb
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0 #4 Akot 2021-03-06 21:06
Wainanchi,

You must be happy, Ugandans don't listen to Akot otherwise asking them to get back their country in UNITY!

Yet, even you should know that Museveni is also human & will 1 day die! But of course demons like your god live +100 years!

Wainanchi , if you are not Museveni, then how old will you be when Museveni dies of old age?
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0 #5 Akot 2021-03-06 21:17
Wainanchi,

You believe Uganda began & will end with Museveni, why?

Is it because Ugandans are ensuring the divisive tribalistic system that ensures non from a tribal land takes Museveni's placen, just as no Ugandan from a tribal land will win fake elelctions run by Museveni?

What if, when Museveni dies, Ugandans go for Independent Tribal States?
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0 #6 Akot 2021-03-06 21:31
Wainanchi,

Akot will NEVER betray Uganda by going along with the tribalistic system that make every Ugandan a foreigner, migrant, unwanted element in the country that should belong to them, but they have, through the tribalistic system, handed over every tribal land to migrant Museveni!

Wainanchi, you are so happy & wouldn't want Ugandans to UNITE to end Museveni's evil rule, but how many more years do you give Museveni?

Wainanchi, if you are not Museveni, then you must be his son, waiting to replace him!

What a pitty, Ugandans don't know the country is formed by their tribal lands & it's them keeping Museveni in power by all means;

- tribal leaders loyal to Museveni,
- mps ensure fake parliament to blind the world &
constitutionalise DICTATORSHIP!
- fake opposition leaders & Ugandans fight one
another to ensure Museveni's family business!
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