Uganda

Music Promoter Bajjo To Remain On Remand After Trial Magistrate Goes On Leave

Events promoter Andrew Mukasa alias Bajjo will still remain locked up until Thursday the 11th of July after the trial magistrate Stella Maris Amabilis apparently went on leave without writing his ruling.

Bajjo received this news earlier last Friday after reporting to court for his hearing only to be told by the presiding magistrate Ms Gladys Kamasanyu that the magistrate working on his case went for leave unannounced. With this treatment, his lawyers expressed their concern over this matter suggesting that this was rather intentional.

According to Erias Lukwago, Bajjo’s lawyer, his client’s case has been mismanaged right from the first day his client appeared in court.

“There are lots of antics perpetrated by the trial magistrate. We are very much disappointed. The first day my client appeared in court, the magistrate appeared at past 5pm. Still on the day his client applied for bail, the magistrate reserved the ruling for another day much knowing she would not be around, yet she assured us that the ruling will be read,” said Mr Lukwago

He added that this is a very simple matter and capital offence where bail does require proof of exceptional circumstances.

“This was a very simple application which could be argued out and the ruling would be made instantly. But, Ms Amabilis chose to preserve it for today (June 5),” he said.

It is also alleged that Bajjo suffers from abdominal pain which was caused by the torture he went through in the hands of security officers who dragged him from a press conference at Centenary Park into a waiting van on June 15th. With this, he needs urgent medical attention.

Bajjo is charged over threatening to overthrow President Museveni in a Facebook video clip he released a few weeks ago.

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