Court Directs Police To Unconditionally Release Gen. Muhoozi’s Tormentor Kakwenza

Court Directs Police To Unconditionally Release Gen. Muhoozi’s Tormentor Kakwenza

By Ivan Mwine

Court in Kampala has directed the Uganda Police Force and sister security agencies to immediately release renowned author Kakwenza Rukira Bashaija.

Kakwenza, who was arrested on December 30th, 2021 by armed plain clothed security personnel has been held incommunicado for over a week now and his lawyer Eron Kiiza contends that he has been severely tortured.

On Monday, the Charles Twine Mansio, the spokesperson for the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID), told the press that Kakwenza faces charges of Offensive Communication according to the Computer Misuse Act, 2019, for insulting the personality of Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba and his father Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

However, Her Worship Irene Nambatya, the Grade One Magistrate of Makindye Chief Magistrates Court, has since issued an order directing the police to  unconditionally release Kakwenza.

The release order, which bears Kakwenza Rukira Bashaija as the Applicant and the Attorney General as the Respondent, dated Tuesday January 4, 2022, states in part thus;

“This case coming up for final disposal this 4th day of January, 2022 before HER WORSHIP IRENE NAMBATYA Magistrate Grade One, in presence of Counsel Kiiza Eron, Luyimbazi Nalukoola and Wanda Samuel and in absence of the respondent.

IT’S HEREBY ORDERED THAT:

1.    The Applicant be unconditionally released from police custody.

2.    Every Police officer should comply with the above order.

3.    No orders as to costs.”

Meanwhile the association of writers in Uganda has since condemned Kakwenza’s arrest, arguing that it is aimed at silence literary voices of dissent.

The President of the Poets Association Uganda Ronald Sekajja, says Rukira Bashaija’s arrest aims to reinforce fear among writers.

“If anyone thinks it comes up as abuse or as insult, then charges need to be placed and they take him to face the law. I think our biggest concern as the writing community is the manner in which he is arrested and no charges are placed and he’s been in detention,” Sekajja said.

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