The arrested suspects were working as Comedians using a stage name Bizonto.
Police have on Monday confirmed that the Bizonto comedians were arrested and detained on allegations of promoting sectarian tendencies.
Five individuals who were working as comedians with a stage name bizonto have been detained over promoting sectarian tendencies according to a statement released by the Uganda Police.
The group was arrested on Friday at the premises of Radio Simba in Bukoto, Kampala, following their recent skit that went viral on different social media platforms concerning discrimination in tribes.
In particular, the group identified President, Yoweri Museveni, Chief of Defence Forces Gen David Muhoozi, and Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the senior presidential advisor on special operations.
Others including the Bank of Uganda Governor Tumusiime Mutebile, Ministry of Finance Permanent Secretary Keith Muhakanizi, Commissioner General of Prisons Dr Johnson Byabashaija, Minister of Security Gen Elly Tumwine, Internal Security Organisation boss Col Bagyenda Kaka, Chief of Military Intelligence Maj Gen Abel Kandiho, commander of the Special Forces Command Maj Gen James Birungi, and the Electoral Commission chairperson, Mr Simon Byabakama were also listed by the bizonto.
On the side of the police force, the comedians pointed out its head, Mr Martins Okoth-Ochola, but were quick to add that Maj Gen Sabiiti Muzeeyi, the deputy Inspector General of Police, is also very influential in decision making within the Force.
They then added Gen Muzeeyi’s name to the earlier 11 to make 12 individuals. They said that the 12 people mentioned above originate from western Uganda and they spearhead what happens in the country and who wins elections.
However, police have come out to clarify on their arrest stating that they were trying to promote forms sectarianism in the name of entertaining the public.
According to the CID spokesperson, Mr Charles Twiine, the suspects identified by names Ssabakaki Simon Peter alias Akozonto akato, Ssewanja Julius alias Ssabazonto, Mbabali Merceli alias Giant zonto and Gold Kimatono alias Jjaja zonto have since been detained.
“We would like to inform the general public that a joint security task team has today 24th July 2020 arrested and detained 5 suspects over promotion of sectarian tendencies,” a statement from the CID read.
“The arrested suspects were working as Comedians using a stage name Bizonto. Also, is Kamya Saul Muro a. k. a Baryanengwe whose video is so threatening and savagely fierce.”
The CID’s report stated that the group was arrested following a recording of selected videos that were uploaded and later shared on various social media platforms.
“The 5 were arrested following a recording of selected videos that were uploaded and later shared on various social media platforms, unfortunately with the potential of causing hatred and unnecessary apprehension. Police also noted that some of the videos had threats of attack on government, and individuals upon which we timely came in to avert the situation.”
Mr Charles Twiine, however, noted that they wish to inform the general public that the Police Force shall not hesitate to take action against errant characters who disguise in the entertainment industry to cause grave threats to the security and stability of the country.
“Whereas Uganda Police Force is cognisant, and indeed respect freedom of speech, the public should take note that such rights are not absolute especially when it is likely to lead to, OR prove imminent unlawful acts,” he said.
“We wish to warn individuals or groups of people, that Uganda Police Force in due process of exercising our mandate, shall not hesitate to take action against errant characters who disguise in the entertainment industry to cause grave threats to the security and stability of the country,” added.