David Mugema This Ugandan musician was arrested for allegedly 'attacking and disturbing' Museveni's peace

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The artist is said to have produced a song which annoyed the President

play President Yoweri Museveni

A Ugandan musician and producer were on Tuesday arrested and remanded to prison for allegedly insulting President Yoweri Museveni, the Daily Monitor reports.

Mr David Mugema 31, and his music producer Jonah Muwanguzi 23, appeared before Buganda Road Court and were charged with uttering offensive communication against Mr Museveni.

play Music producer Jonah Muhanguzi (left) and artiste David Mugema in the dock at Buganda Road Court on December 5, 2017. (Juliet Kigongo/Daily Monitor)

 

“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 read the charges to the accused. The two however denied the charges.

The prosecution alleges that the two repeatedly composed, recorded, produced and distributed a song titled "Wumula" which supposedly "attacked and disturbed the peace of President Museveni" without a legitimate reason.

It is further alleged that Muwanguzi aided Mugema in producing the said song which annoyed the President.

The offence was allegedly committed between 2015 and 2017 at Salama Road in Makindye, Kampala.

Their lawyer Abdullah Kiwanuka applied for bail but the magistrate said she would handle the application on Wednesday.

She cited the absence of a prosecutor from the Uganda Communications commission for the postponement.

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