Following the arrest of comedy group dubbed “Bizonto” over alledged fanning of sectarianism,the four members of the comedy group were finally released yesterday.
However, Bizonto have vowed to continue with their creative activity in the entertainment Industry.
Speaking to Ug mirror in an interview, the four said nothing will threaten them to continue with their comedy.
Their arrest was followed by protest by some artists and stakeholders in the entertainment Industry over government’s new regulatory proposals that require singers, poets, comedians to submit their works and scripts for review and approval by government agencies before they can be released to the public.
The government has set seven conditions for all musicians to follow if they are to perform anywhere in Uganda.
According to government, the rules and regulations are aimed at streamlining and promoting sanity in the art and entertainment industry.
But Bizonto said the video that made rounds on social media was totally different from what they have on their Youtube channel.
“We were arrested for nothing because even that video that was making round on social media was not ours. And I think there is nothing we did wrong,”one members of the group told Ug mirror.
“We shall continue with our work. The only challenge with have is that our skits have been confiscated by force, “he added.
The four were released from the Special Investigations Unit in Kireka where they spent four days in detention. Their lawyer, Ivan Bwowe says his clients were released shortly after serving police with a court order directing their unconditional release.
According to Bwowe, Buganda Road Magistrate, Stella Maris Amabilis wrote to the Inspector General of Police, the Director Criminal Investigations Directorate and Commandant of the Special Investigations Unit ordering for the unconditional release of the comedians.
He however, says police decided to release the suspects on bond, which Bwowe says is inconsequential since court had already made an order.
After his re-election to the helm of the Democratic Party (DP), Norbert Mao has warned dissenters that there will be no room for indiscipline in the replenished party.
Mao, like James Akena his Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) counterpart, yesterday sailed through unopposed at the National Delegates Conference that was held at Sir Samuel Baker Secondary School in Gulu district.
Addressing the fourth estate at City House on Tuesday, Mao stated that unlike before, any DP member who conspires against the party in the 2021 polls shall straight away be expunged.
“If you are a DP member, you should not be seen gallivanting with candidates who are non DP against a DP candidate. Automatically, your matter will be a disciplinary issue and will give you a red carpet to wherever you want to go and escort you,” he warned.
Mao added that this issue had been discussed at length in Gulu and a ‘Redline’ had been drawn.
He explained that this hard stance was necessary to reorganize a badly battered party after years of infighting.
“DP is not an NGO. We were not founded just to feel good about DP, we were founded to take charge of Government. So you can take over the Government if you are organized,” Mao explained.
Perhaps, he noted, this was the optimal time to do this having undergone some sort of ‘Political weight loss’ which he says was necessary to ensure party harmony.
“It is not weight loss because of sickness, it weight loss which was occasioned by necessity,” he chipped in.
While he did not mention names, it is understood that this was a veiled attack on strong DP adherents who have abandoned the party in the run up to the forthcoming polls.
Last month, eleven senior leaders including Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze, Mathias Mpuuga, and Joseph Ssewungu jumped ship and joined the National Unity Platform (NUP).
“All Uganda Political Parties owe DP a huge debt and until they pay it, Uganda is not going to be settled,” he agonized.
Mao, who has been at the helm of the party for the last ten years, has set his sights on completing the Ben Kiwanuka Memorial House by 2024.
“By the time we go to the next delegate’s conference, the five storey building must be standing. I believe we can achieve it,” he hinted.
That aside, Mao says he plans to resuscitate DPs international connections by joining the International Democrats Union (IDU).
“We have been a member of the Democrats Union of Africa (DUA) but now we have received a request by the International Democrats Union who have asked us to apply for membership,” he hinted.
Despite the glaring number of unopposed contestants, Kennedy Mutenyo the DP Election Management Committee Chairman says no unscrupulous means were applied.
Norbert Mao – President General (unopposed)
Gerald Siranda – Secretary General (unopposed)
Enock Okoler Opio – National Publicity Secretary
Fred Mukasa Mbidde – Vice President (unopposed)
Imam Makumbi – Vice President Western Uganda (unopposed)
Elia Alitia – Vice President Northern Uganda (unopposed)
George Fred Kagimu – Vice President Central Uganda
Dr. Kiwanuka Mayambala – National Chairman (unopposed)
Eng.Ggala Charles Wilson – Entrepreneurship
Maxensia Takirambule – PWD leader
Erias Luyimbazi – National Legal Adviser (unopposed)
Richard Lumu – Deputy National Legal adviser (unopposed)
Kawempe North Member of Parliament Al hajj Latif Ssebagala has stepped down from the Kampala Lord Mayoral race, The Tower Post reports.
Ssebagala who had been selected as the flag bearer for the Bobi Wine led National Unity Platform (NUP) said his decision was in a bid to maintain unity in the opposition as they gear up to dislodge President Museveni and the NRM.
This comes days after the NUP Electoral Commission seconded Ssebagala and sidelined popular musician Joseph Mayanja alias Jose Chameleone who was gunning for the same position.
Unconfirmed reports had earlier purported that the singer was sidelined for being a catholic and not having international exposure, an allegation that was dismissed by the party.
But the talk about division in the NUP according to financial lines, religion and loyalty to the NUP Principal (Bobi Wine) kept making rounds which was seen as a precursor to division within the party.
Ssebagala’s decision leaves Jose Chameleone as NUP’s favorite for Kampala Lord Mayor position.
If approved, he will face off with Forum for Democratic Change – FDC’s Erias Lukwago who is the incumbent and retired singer Dan Kazibwe – Ragga Dee who is with the ruling National Resistance Movement -NRM.
A few days after National Unit Platform Party (NUP) has denied Joseph Mayanja aka Chameleon ticket to contest on Kampala City Lord Mayor, the musician has not yet declared his next move which has left many guessing.
Some have gone an extra mile to forge social media statements claiming that its Mayanja authored them, well as others have designed a campaign poster indicating that he has joined the Alliance for National Transformation Party (ANT) under the leadership of Rtd General Gregory Mugisha Muntu.
The poster has since been shared massively on various social media platforms, insinuating that Chameleon has defected from NUP to ANT.
In response to this, Chameleon, via his official Facebook page, distanced himself from this poster saying that it’s being spread by people with ill intentions.
“Don’t believe such propaganda that is here to disturb our vision. THIS POSTER IS FAKE!” reads part of his post.
The Lord Mayor hopeful is, however, expected to publically declare his next move after NUP, his new party, handed over the party card on the same post to Hajji Latif Ssebagala.
In this race, Ssebagala is expected to face off with the incumbent Hajji Erias Lukwago who has already announced his bid to defend his position as well as other candidates like NRM’s Daniel Kazibwe aka Ragga Dee and Nabilah Naggayi Sempala, who expressed interest for the same.