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High court orders govt to produce Kakwenza on Wednesday

Kakwenza Rukirabashaija

Kakwenza Rukirabashaija

The High court in Kampala has today Monday ordered government to without fail produce detained novelist Kakwenza Rukirabashaija in court on Wednesday this week.
 
In the order issued by justice Musa Ssekaana, the commander of Special Forces Command (SFC) Brigadier General Peter Candia, the director of Criminal Investigations Directorate Grace Akullo, the Inspector General of Police Martins Okoth Ochola, and the Attorney General have also been asked to show cause why Kakwenza has been detained without trial, for now, two weeks. 
 
The order follows a successful application by Kakwenza's wife Eva Basima through her lawyers led by Eron Kiiza who told the court that their client has been in unknown detention and held incommunicado which is a violation of his rights.

Court has also heard that the Makindye grade one magistrate Irene Nambatya had ordered the Attorney General to unconditionally release Kakwenza but the government didn't comply and therefore, it was in the interest of justice that an order for his production whether dead or alive be issued.

The government was represented by state attorneys; Christine Kaahwa and Richard Adrole who told the court that they previously had to verify the Makindye Magistrate's court order since it was issued in their absence. 
 
But they added that they later found that the order was authentic and in respect to today's proceedings before Ssekaana, they needed more time to respond to the matter on grounds that they have written to those who were sued and are yet to get their respective responses.

Kakwenza's lawyer Eron Kiiza says that he is hopeful that since this is an order from the High court the security agencies are going to comply with it.

Kakwenza's wife Basima petitioned court last week demanding the restoration of her husband's right to liberty,  saying that he had been in unknown detention without being arraigned in court within 48 hours as mandated by law.

The writer has been in custody on offensive communication charges since December 28 2021 when he was arrested by armed security personnel from his Kampala home located in Kisaasi suburb.

He was later last week taken to his upcountry home in Iganga district for a search by police detectives and returned to unknown custody according to his lawyers.

On Tuesday last week, magistrate Irene Nambatya issued an order for his release, but the government defied the order.
Efforts by the Uganda Human Rights Commission, Uganda Law Society, East African Law Society European Union, and individuals among others to demand Kakwenza's constitutional freedoms have been futile.

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+1 #1 Kalibbala 2022-01-10 23:10
The Curse, Kisiraane and Enemy of Humanity The Late Tibuhaburwa and his Son the Paper Tiger General Muhoozi Kainerugosi take Uganda to be their Personal Property that is Why Every Satirical Narrative from Anybody is Translated as an Attack on their Dynasty!!

Poor Kakwenza might be Dead by Now like Kasirye Ggwanga!

Uganda Today is being run like a Gangsters Paradise! Conning is Legal and Killing poor Ugandans is Part of the NRA Doctrine to Claim Superiority over Others!..When the Devil calls them Vultures and Bannanfuusi they Clap their hands..Wake Up and Demand Kakwenza Dead or Alive..If He is DEAD Let that be the Trigger to End this Nonsense!

Remember Bouaziz of Tunisia who Torched Himself!? He sent Ben Ali Packing!!..Time is NOW..
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+2 #2 Remase 2022-01-11 02:16
Fellow Ugandans, today it's Kakwenza, tomorrow it's you and l or someone else!

M7's ruthlessness and violation of law and/or human rights is not limited to Kakwenza, it's chronicle. M7 used violence instead of going to court, if at all Obote rigged the elections.

Therefore M7 only believes violation of the law and human rights! Furthermore, people like Katikiro Mayiga who was kidnapped and tortured, just like Kakwenza, is now passionately praising M7 that he is the best president Uganda has ever had!

Kakwenza could be Mayiga's son! The point here is it's people like Mayiga who give M7, Muhoozi, Janet M7 the ball to kidnap, torture and sometimes kill innocent people because they speak the truth against them!

Amin and Obote were bad but not to exitent of M7. Yet Mayiga claims that M 7 is the best, because to Mayiga, the only Buganda Katikiro who is protected by the SFC, Awangale ai Sabalwanyi M7!
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+1 #3 Lysol 2022-01-11 02:49
Kakwenza is a victim of those who can speak their minds without fear of intimidation.

Unfortunately, there are always many of those who would like to shut such voices up, simply because they don't like what they write or say. Those are the real cowards of this world.

Any society which cannot tolerate different views whether it is acceptable or not, is always doomed to fail.

Freedom of speech and expression, always wins in the end. That young man is a real example of the next generation of leadership. Not the many boot-lickers, who adore and worship some individuals. Those are mere cult worshipers.
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+1 #4 kabayekka 2022-01-11 02:50
These are professional courts of NRM judiciary in Uganda which all along have known the hole they were digging for themselves.

They are now falling in it as the whole world legal fraternity watches!
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+1 #5 Lakwena 2022-01-11 10:30
Who is committing crime against who; Kakwenza committing crimes against the government or the government crimes against Kakwenza?

If the role of the government is to protect.its citizens and properties from criminals; who is suppose to protect the citizens and properties from a government that has been captured by criminals?

In other words, at this rate, where all Court orders are becoming "in Vain" Uganda is slowly but surely sliding into a State of Anarchy (a Shauriyako Republic).
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+1 #6 Lakwena 2022-01-11 11:08
The late Archbishop Desmond Tutu (RIP) said that:

“If you are neutral in a situation of
injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” And added that:

Since God made in the image of God (Male and female he created them); whoever abuses, tortures and/or kills any human being; commits the sacrilegious abomination of spitting in the face of God.

Wachireba?

Woes unto the Greedy Barbarians of this country! They arrest, torture and kill those who expose your evils committed on innocent Ugandans.

They came to power through killing and stealing and with menace want our loyalty and respects. Woe unto you!
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0 #7 Joe 2022-01-12 23:22
Poor Kakwenza might be Dead by Now like Kasirye Gwanga

Uganda Today is being run like a Gangsters Paradise!

Conning is Legal and Killing poor Ugandans is Part of the NRA Doctrine to Claim Superiority over Others!..When the Devil calls them Vultures and Bannanfuusi they Clap their hands..Wake Up and Demand Kakwenza ?..........

Remember Bouaziz of Tunisia who Torched Himself!? He sent Ben Ali Packing!!..Time is NOW..

Musiru gwe otama, just leave KASIRYE Gwanga out of your garbage stuff, talk about what you know!

His grade of thinking was indeed of UPDF General , a Leavenworth graduate too!

You a first generation Barundi-Baganda cannot wake up and all of a sudden talk about the Katakala "boy" like you know so much about him! I am pissed!

He loved President Museveni and the President liked his "Charlie" and I have said what I have said with verifiable authority.
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