High Court Judge Musa Ssekaana has ordered local musician Shafik Walukagga aka Fik Fameica and Martin Musoke alias Artin Pro to file their defense in a case in which they are accused of composing a song undermining women’s social status.
Recently, a lady identified as Prasidia Nagasha, came out to allege that Fameica, through his song titled “property”, undermines and violates the rights of women and girls in Uganda.
The matter came up on Tuesday before High Court judge Musa Sssekaana who ordered the defense side to file their response so that the hearing of the case may resume on Friday this week.
Before this, the judge asked the applicant to be clear on how she wants the court to help her; whether she seeks to have the song to be banned or is seeking to be compensated with a certain sum of money.
It’s from this that the judge asked advocates to always settle down with their clients and advise them accordingly before petitioning court.
Famaica, who arrived at court in the company of his fans, addressed the press after the court session and insisted that he didn’t violate anybody’s rights. He blamed the fracas on misinterpretation of the lyrics by some people.
“I thank people for supporting my music especially this song which is mostly loved by women,” Fameica said.
Nagasha, in her suit, alleges that Fameica and Artin Pro being men, have created and promoted wrong ideas that women and girls should be owned like property by men.
She argued that the song creates and revives the negative norms, customs, cultures, beliefs, perceptions and practices in the society against women and girls as well as cultural biases that are aimed at pulling down women and girls.
The applicant also asked court to compel both the artist and producer to apologize to women in Uganda in all newspapers of wide readership, television, radio and YouTube.
Nagasha went further asked court to declare that Uganda Communications Commission failed in its duty of protecting Ugandans and consumers of media services from harmful content like the one allegedly promoted by Fameica in his song.