TikToker ‘Pressure 247’ Remanded to Luzira Prison Over Hate Speech, Defamation

TikToker Ibrahim Musana a.k.a Pressure Pressure appearing before the Buganda Road court to answer charges on the abusive and demeaning remarks he made against the Kingdom of Buganda and the Kabaka

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  • Ibrahim Musana, also known as “Pressure 247” online, has been remanded to Luzira Prison for allegedly promoting hate speech and spreading malicious information. He appeared before Buganda Road Court, facing eight counts under the Computer Misuse Act (2021), following complaints from the Buganda Kingdom.

Ibrahim Musana, aged 27 and also known as “Pressure 247” on the internet, has been detained at Luzira Prison after facing charges of disseminating hate speech and spreading harmful information.

Musana’s arrest stemmed from a complaint filed by the Buganda Kingdom last weekend. He appeared before Chief Magistrate Ronald Kayizzi at Buganda Road Court on Friday to face eight counts under the Computer Misuse Act (2021).

According to prosecutors, Musana allegedly shared content on his TikTok account between August 2023 and February 2024 that disparaged and incited hostility towards four Ugandan leaders: Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, President Yoweri Museveni, Speaker of Parliament Anita Among, and State Minister for ICT Joyce Naboosa Ssebugwawo.

Musana pleaded not guilty, asserting his unawareness that his actions constituted an offense. He also disclosed suffering from psychological challenges and receiving treatment at Butabika Mental Hospital.

The TikToker explained that he felt a spiritual obligation, inspired by past Buganda Kings, to restore their tombs but lacked the necessary financial resources. He claimed to have contacted the Buganda Kingdom for two years regarding his requests without any response.

Despite Musana’s plea for forgiveness and commitment to refrain from attacking leaders and removing the contentious content from his TikTok account, Magistrate Kayizzi rejected his plea. Musana was remanded to Luzira prison until March 7, 2024. His bail request was denied due to insufficient documentation from his sureties.

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Several individuals, including prominent Ugandan personality Jennifer Nankanguubi, also known as Full Figure, have filed complaints against Musana and are monitoring the case through legal channels.

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