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Court Orders for Immediate Release of Ugandan Novelist

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Rukirabashaijja Kakwenza

Having been incommunicado for about a week on offenses of allegedly ridiculing the first son, Makindye grade one chief magistrate Irene Nambatya has ordered for the immediate release of Rukirabashaijja Kakwenza a Ugandan novelist from police custody.

Magistrate Nambatya who was presiding over the court session this afternoon noted that kakwenza’s case had on Tuesday 4 come to its final disposal and that the applicant is unconditionally released from police custody.

In his absence, Kakwenza’s, lawyers led by Eron Kiiza noted that they had filed for an immediate and unconditional release of their client following his unlawful arrest and the urgent need for medical attention on grounds of alleged torture while in police custody.

Kiiza said that their client had been held at an unknown location since December 28 2021 when he had been illegally arrested by the police from his home in Iganga district.

He adds that Kakwenza, who had to appear in the court despite his poor condition, did not because he hadn’t been produced at the Buganda road court where his case file on offensive communication was brought for a plea.

The police has failed to produce my client in court because he has been tortured and is currently urinating and vomiting blood,” Kiiza alleged

The 2021 award winner, PEN Prize for his books the Banana Republic and The Greedy Barbarian, is said to have ridiculed Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba over his unhealthy weight and unchallenged love for the bottle

Muhoozi took it to his social media to immediately warn of the misuse of freedom of speech, which he quotes was limited and that people who were abusive to him were to be dealt with the same way. He has since taken down the tweet.

In 2020, the novelist was still brought to books for his two famous publications exposed the high levels of corruption in Uganda.

Since his arrest, many writers and activities have also taken it to their social media to demand the release of the author. This has also given birth to harsh tags of #FreeKakwenza which until now are still active.

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