Lawyers want Kakwenza released unconditionally

Lawyers representing novelist Kakwenza Rukirabashaija are demanding his unconditional release Tower Post reports.

According to the report, while speaking to Uganda Radio Network on Wednesday, the lawyers from Kiiza and Mugisha Advocates led by Eron Kiiza said, Kakwenza was arrested on Tuesday at around 4 pm from his home in Kisaasi, a Kampala city suburb by armed men.

According to Kiiza, the unknown gunmen arrested Kakwenza by breaking into his house and driving him away in a vehicle. He adds that Kakwenza is currently detained at the Crime Intelligence Unit in Naguru Kampala.

Kiiza notes that there is no justification as to why he should be detained without having committed a crime.

The Police Force Spokesperson Fred Enanga said that he is yet to find the reason for Kakwenza’s arrest.

In 2020, Kakwenza was arrested twice in a space of six months. He was first arrested on April 13 from his home in Iganga district, allegedly by the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence and detained in Mbuya. He was later charged with doing an act likely to spread an infectious disease following a post on his Facebook page related to COVID-19.

He was later granted bail but again arrested in September of the same year and his lawyers said it was in relation to his book titled “The Banana Republic”, in which he had written about his experience under CMI custody earlier.

He had also previously written a book titled, “The Greedy Barbarian” in which he talked about a greedy and incompetent dictator Kayibanda who clings to power for 43-years.

In October 2021, Kakwenza was awarded as the Winner of International Writer of Courage at the PEN Pinter Prize function and this annual award is normally presented to a person who has been persecuted for speaking out about their beliefs.


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