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‘Pressure 24 Seven’ Further Remanded Over Hate Speech

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The Buganda Road Chief Magistrates Court has further remanded Ibrahim Musana commonly known as Pressure 24 Seven, a tick toker accused of posting and sharing information that ridicule and promote hostility against the person of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and the Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi.

The 27-year old Musana was on the February 23rd, 2024 arraigned before the Court presided over by the Chief Magistrate Ronald Kayizzi and charged with promoting hate speech and spreading malicious information .

Prosecution states that between August 2023 and February 2024 in areas of Kampala district, while using a computer via his  tik-tok account, Pressure 24 Seven shared information which is likely to degrade or demean and promote hostility against four  leaders including the Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi 2, President Museveni, Speaker of Parliament  Annet Anita Among and State Minister for Information Communication Technology – ICT  Joyce Nabbosa Ssebugwawo.

He denied the charges and was consequently sent to Luzira Prison since he did not have sureties present in Court. However, when the matter came up today for Prosecution to inform Court on the progress of investigations, State Attorneys Richard Birivumbuka and Joan Keko informed the Court that investigations are still ongoing.

As a result, Pressure 24 Seven through his lawyers including twin brothers Kakuru Tumusiime and Kato Tumusiime applied to be released on bail saying that the charges against him are bailable by court since he maintains his innocence.

The lawyers have told Court that their client has a fixed place of residence at Church Zone in Najjanankumbi in addition to being introduced in a letter to court by the area LC1 Chairperson as a law abiding citizen.

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He went on to present two sureties namely; Brenda Nambooze his sister who owns a cosmetic shop and resident of Najjanankumbi, and his friend Ibrahim Ssembatya, a resident of Kisenyi as his sureties.

However, Pressure 24 Seven has again been unable to secure bail today because  Prosecution’s Richard Birivumbuka asked for a week’s time to verify the authenticity of documents presented by the sureties before he makes a formal response to the bail application.

Accordingly, Pressure 24 Seven has been remanded back to Luzira prison until March 15th, 2024 with promises from court that his bail ruling will be delivered on the same day .

On the first day Pressure 24 Seven was arraigned before the Court he did not  directly plead  to the charges as he kept on  informing  the Magistrate that he wasn’t aware that  by posting such videos, he was committing an offence since  he is psychologically unwell having been admitted to Butabiika National Referral Mental Hospital some time back.

According to Pressure, he was being disturbed by spirits of Buganda’s  fallen Kings that demand him to repair their tombs but he is financially constrained. Pressure 24 Seven added that for now  two years he has been writing to Buganda Kingdom informing them that he is a prince and the spirits are making such demands but he has not received any response.

He therefore pleaded to court to forgive him with a promise to desist from attacking leaders and  to delete all the hate speech content from tik-tok.

The pleading to date has not persuaded Magistrate Kayizzi who  has has again remanded Pressure back to Luzira prison.

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His troubles started when Buganda Kingdom officials reported a case of ridiculing the Kabaka with police. He spent more than a week inside police cells before he could be produced before Court which has sent him back on remand. 

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