PRESIDENTIAL GUARDS DENY ABDUCTING PROMOTER BAJJO

The Special Forces Command (SFC) has detached itself from the abduction of Andrew Mukasa aka Bajjo, a music promoter. “There is some news making rounds on social media about an alleged arrest of Mr. Andrew Mukasa a music promoter that he was seized by the SFC. SFC has not carried out any operation in regard to what is being peddled. This is baseless and malicious. Please ignore it with the utmost contempt it deserves,” Maj. Omara said. Notably, Bajjo was abducted on Saturday by armed security officers dressed in uniforms belonging to the Presidential Protection Guard (PPG), a unit under the elite SFC.

 Markedly, he was addressing a press conference with the marathon is set to be staged across the region in solidarity with Kyadondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine who has had his music concerts canceled or blocked by the state. To make the matter worse, the arrest was confined by journalists who were covering the presser, thus, going viral on social media.  In this case, some people accused the SFC and Uganda People’s Defence Forces to have done this. However, SFC spokesperson, Maj. Jimmy Omara and Defense ministry spokesperson, Brigadier Richard Karemire dismisses claims that Bajjo was kidnapped by security operatives under their respective units. “I am not aware,” Brig Karemire said. Conversely, fellow music promoter Abbey Musinguzi alias Abitex, the proprietor of Abitex Promotions at Centenary Park about their planned ‘People Power’ marathon when the security officers picked him up and led him to a waiting van registration number UAT 511C.

According to the promoters, the Fresh information indicates that the number plate on the vehicle that was used to pick Bajjo is the same number that was on the vehicle the deputy inspector general of police, Maj. Gen Muzeeyi Sabiiti used when he appeared in parliament in March 2018 for vetting. On the other hand, Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) clarified back then that UAT 511C that was on Sabiiti’s Land Cruiser belonged to a Spacio vehicle in the name of Abdullah Trading Company. This isn’t the first time security operatives an on the spot over kidnapping suspects. Last year, several people were grabbed by plain cloth dressed security operatives and bundled in vehicles with fake number plates. 

Yusuf Kawooya, a member of Uganda Young Democrats (UYD) and the People Power movement leaders Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine was kidnapped and battered with gun butts in front of Christ the King Church on Colville Road. Dr. Ismail Kalule has also been a victim of numerous kidnaps by security operatives. Suspects in the murder of Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP), Andrew Felix Kaweesi were also abducted by operatives at Nakawa junction after being released by the court on bail.   

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