By Ivan Mwine
Ugandan author Kakwenza Rukirabashaija, who was released on court bail January 25th, 2020, has fled into exile via the newly opened Rwandan border with Uganda.
Although it is not yet clear what country he fled to, Kakwenza’s flee into exile was confirmed by Busiro South Member of Parliament Medard Lubega Ssegona, who wrote on social media thus; “Novelist Kakwenza has used the Rwandan border to exit the country to an unknown destination, details follow.”
Kakwenza also tweeted a message confirming his flee into exile, in which he lambasted Magistrate Singiza for declining to release his passport.
It should however be noted that Kakwenza fled the country without his passport after it was confiscated by Buganda Road Court Magistrate Douglas Singiza when he was granting him bail on January 25th, 2022.
On February 02, 2022 he applied for his passport but Court denied him the same, training that releasing it would jeopardize investigations into his case.
He is charged with two counts of offensive communication against the person of the President Yoweri Museveni and his son Lt. General Muhoozi Kainerugaba.
Kakwenza was arrested by plain clothed armed men on December 25th from his home in Kisaasi, who detained him in an unknown detention centre where he was severely tortured.
After his detention he was produced in court in terrible health condition and promptly remanded to Kitalya prison in the absence of his lawyers and family members.