Court releases artists accused of dusturbing M7 peace on bail

By Ronald Kabuye
Buganda road grade one magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu has released a local musician David Mugema and music producer Jonah Muwanguzi on bail of one million shillings cash each and each of their five sureties bonded at 10 millions non cash.
The duo was on Tuesday charged  with offensive communication by composing a song that disturbed president Museveni’s peace.
Prosecution alleges that between 2015 and 2017 at Salama road in Makindye division, the two  composed, recorded, produced and electronically communicated through social media a song titled ‘ mzee Wumula’ where they attacked and disturbed the peace of the president of Uganda without a purpose of legitimate communication.
The accused through their lawyers Abdullah Kiwanuka and Laila Nalubega applied for bail on grounds that they have been in detention for more than 14 days at Jinja road police station yet they are the sole bread winners of their families.
Among sureties presented to court include local kadongo kamu artist Willy Mukabya Murwana, Nanyunja Faith, lutaalo Alex, Abbey Nkata and Ssemwogerere Paul.
Julius Mboize the prosecutor from uganda communication commission who did not object to the bail application, told court that they are still investigating the matter.
The trial magistrate also retained the sureties national identity cards until the final disposal of the matter she thus adjourned the matter to 21 December for further mention.

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