5 Members of ‘Bizonto’ Comedy Group Arrested for Allegedly Promoting Sectarian Tendencies

Bizonto performing on Comedy Store. (Photo: Comedy Store Uganda)

Police has arrested 5 comedians who double as radio presenters on Radio Simba over allegations that they were promoting sectarian tendencies.

The five are under comedy group ‘Bizonto’ which does comedy performances in a choir format.

The group won the Comedy Store Award for Best Comedy Group in 2019 and have fast gained popularity among comedy lovers.

They were arrested Friday from Radio Simba and they include Ssabakaki Simon Peter alias Akozonto akato, Ssewanja Julius (Ssabazonto), Mbabali Merceli (Giant zonto), Gold Kimatono, Jjaja zonto and Kamya Saul Muro (Baryanengwe).

Their arrest is in connection with a recent video that the group released during which they pointed to the fact that key positions in government are all occupied by individuals from the Western part of Uganda.

They cited the Security Minister, Chief of Defence Forces, Senior Presidential Advisor on Special Operations, Governor Bank of Uganda, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Chairman Electoral Commission and Commissioner of Uganda Prisons.

In a statement released Friday, Police said the video is “so threatening and savagely fierce”.

“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,” Twiine Mansio Charles, the PRO for Police CID said in the statement.

“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.

Police says that whereas it respects 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”.

It has further warned individuals or groups of people, that Police 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.

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