Crime & Investigation

Jobless Brotherhood Youth Sent to Jail


The Magistrates’ Court in Jinja has remanded Augustine Ojobire and Robert Mayanja, about it the eastern regional coordinator and deputy national coordinator of the Jobless Brotherhood respectively to Kirinya Prisons until tomorrow Thursday.

The duo is accused of uttering defamatory and demeaning statements by branding Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga a pig.

They were Tuesday remanded by John Frances Kaggwa, Jinja Chief Magistrate, who declined to grant them bail saying he would give his ruling on Thursday.

Kaggwa heard that Ojebire, 27, a resident of Walukuba in Jinja Municipality and Mayanja, 36, a resident of Nakawa in Kampala during a radio talk show on NBS Radio station in Jinja incited violence among the general public against the speaker Kadaga.

However, the accused denied the allegations and charges preferred against them asking court to grant them a non-cash bail since they were not violent and are also jobless.

Prosecution led by Shamim Nalule, a state attorney told court that even if the duo incited non-physical violence, when given bail they would further incite more violence in the public.

Nalule accused them of being non-cooperative during arrest and refusing to make statements while at Jinja Central Police Station.

“If given bail they would proceed with their behaviours in public. They were uncooperative to Police and also have other pending cases to answer in regard to nuisance and public disorder,” she said.

She cited the cases as CRB 1234/2016 in Kampala, CRB 115/2015 and CRB 856/2016 in Jinja.

“It’s our humble submission that if released on bail they shall commit other offences yet investigations are not complete,” she said, adding, the accused will put court at risk of wasting taxpayers’ money in case they are granted bail and fail to return to court.

Norman Tumuhimbise, the national coordinator of the Jobless Brotherhood, urged members to remain calm but said this will not stop them for fighting for people’s rights.


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