Two Days in the Coolers, Journalist Moses Bwayo Walks to Freedom “Bailed Out”.

Bwayo Moses and fellow crew members before court ruling

Makindye Magistrates court has granted bail to Moses Bwayo, a journalist  after spending two solid days in the coolers.

Bwayo and eight others were remanded to Luzira Prisons on charges of unlawful assembly.  The others are Shafik Ssengendo, Josca Kagabane , Mayumunah Nakamya, Shaphra Rukundo, Lillian Namulongo, Juliet Nakayiza,  Emmanuel Gashumba.

Bwayo was arrested on 4th March, 2020 while capturing a documentary of a song being composed by Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine.

Bwayo, who was under a contract with a UK-based production company, Southern Films, was arrested in Nsambya, a Kampala suburb.

Court presided over by Grade One Magistrate Jude Okumu on Friday directed each of the accused to pay a cash bail of 300,000 shillings and their sureties to execute a bond of five million Shillings.

Their release followed applications filed by their lawyers Caleb Alaka and Anthony Wameli.

Wameli argued that some of the female suspects are breastfeeding mothers and need to go back to their homes to look after their babies.

The prosecution alleges that the accused persons on February 24th while in Kampala unlawfully assembled at Nsambya House shooting a video shooting promoting subversion of the Government of Uganda.

According to Kampala Metropolitan Area Police Spokesperson Patrick Onyango, the group was reportedly shooting a video for a song that is reportedly being composed by Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine.

“We believe that the charges of unlawful assembly brought against Bwayo for covering an opposition group are misplaced, only intended to dissuade Journalists from covering the opposition as we head deep into the presidential elections due in 2021” read a media note from Human Rights Newtwork of Journalist.


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