TikToker who abused Kabaka of Buganda arrested

TikToker who abused Kabaka of Buganda arrested
TikToker Ibrahim Musana alias Pressure 24/7 was arrested on Saturday 17, February 2024.

Kampala, Uganda | By Michael Wandati | A 27-year-old man, Ibrahim Musana, has been apprehended by the police for recording and sharing a video on TikTok in which he verbally abused the Kabaka.

According to Police spokesperson Fred Enanga, the Directorate of Crime Intelligence took action after video clips of Musana, who runs the social media pages Pressure Pressure, and a resident of Kauga in Mukono, went viral, depicting him verbally abusing the Kabaka, the Buganda Kingdom, and Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga.

“He was picked following a series of hate crimes, defamation of the Kabaka and Katikkiro and a lot of offensive communication through various digital communication channels,” Enanga said.

Social media platforms were flooded with videos last week featuring Ibrahim Musana verbally abusing the Kabaka and Buganda.

The widely circulated videos, particularly on TikTok, faced public condemnation.

Musana is accused of using his social media platforms such as Tiktok, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube to attack the Kabaka and other Buganda officials.

Fred Enanga stated that after being arrested by Crime Intelligence, Musana was transferred to the Criminal Investigations Directorate. Detectives are currently processing him on multiple charges, including misuse of social media, hate speech, offensive communication, and incitement to violence.

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“We are aware a large section of people in Buganda is annoyed with these speeches which are embarrassing and disrespectful. As a country, we have very strict laws against incitement to violence, hate speech and any kind of offensive communication which we cant allow to continue since it can cause devastating effects to communities,” Enanga said.

“We are transcribing over 50 videos of anti-Kabaka sentiments that are vulgar, abusive, hostile and defamatory for evidential purposes,” he added.

He emphasized that the police will persist in apprehending individuals promoting hateful ideologies, targeting not only the Kabaka or Buganda but extending to all Ugandans and visitors in the country.

Buganda, situated within Uganda, stands as a prominent Bantu kingdom, holding the distinction of being the largest among the traditional kingdoms in East Africa.

Encompassing Buganda’s Central Region, which includes the Ugandan capital, Kampala, the kingdom boasts approximately 14 million members.

According to Britannica, this sizable population constitutes the largest Ugandan region and represents 16 percent of Uganda’s total population.