Musicians jailed over song likening Museveni to Saddam, Hitler  


Buganda Road Chief Magistrates Court has sent to Luzira prisons on remand two musicians for composing a song that asks President Museveni to retire.

Jonah Muwanguzi and David Mugema appeared before Grade One Magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu Tuesday and were charged with offensive communication.

The songs for which they were arrested compares Museveni to Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti, the former President of Iraq from 16 July 1979 until 9 April 2003 when he was deposed in US invasion of Iraq.

A leading member of the revolutionary Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party, and later, the Baghdad-based Ba’ath Party, Saddam was executed on Saturday, 30 December, 2006.

Adolf Hitler, on the other hand, was a German politician and leader of the Nazi Party, Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945 when he was deposed by allies at the peak of World War II.

Prosecution alleges that between 2015 and 2017 at Salama road in Makindye division, Muwanguzi and Mugema wilfully and repeatedly composed, recorded, produced and electronically communicated through social media a song titled ‘Wumula’ [retire] in a bid to force the president to leave power.

In the absence of a state prosecutor, Abdalla Kiwanuka, the duo’s lawyer could not secure bail for the young musicians.

They were remanded to Luzira until Wednesday.

“You say you have done a lot but it is time to rest,” the musicians tell Museveni in their song.

They cite a poor education system, high taxes, a bad health sector with people dying in hospitals because of doctors’ strike yet teargas is always available to supress political opponents.

“Help us and retire,” the musicians urged the president.

Their video shows images of former Libyan leader Col Muammar Gadhafi and his gruesome death. They also show the fall of Robert Mugabe who was recently deposed as Zimbabwe president.

“Even if you refuse to retire, remember what happened to other leaders who wanted to die in power,” the singers sign off with a warning that predicts doom for Museveni.