May 17, 2022

Award-winning Ugandan Writer Charged for disturbing Museveni and Son

Kakwenza Rukirabashaija

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A Ugandan court has charged an award-winning author for disturbing the president.
The court on Tuesday charged Kakwenza Rukirabashaija with two counts of “offensive communication” following unflattering social media posts.
Police Criminal Investigations Department spokesperson Charles Twine said the government critic and author. who last year won an international award for persecuted writers, will be remanded in prison until January 21.
Rukirabashaija was arrested on December 28 at his home. He was also tortured after posting on Twitter about Museveni and his son Muhoozi Kainerugaba.
The writer’s lawyer Eron Kiiza told local media houses that he was not made aware of his client’s court appearance until later.
“This was a clandestine move intended to deny him an opportunity for legal representation and an opportunity to pursue his legal remedies like bail and opposing the charges which are bogus,” Kiiza said.
This is the third time the writer has been arrested. He was first arrested in April 2020 after he published his novel The Greedy Barbarian. The novel is based on a fiction story exhibiting the high-level corruption in Uganda.
Kakwenza was also arrested after he published his second novel titled the Banana Republic. The novel details torture.

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