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Kakwenza charged for disturbing peace of President Museveni, Muhoozi

Kakwenza Rukirabashaija

Kakwenza Rukirabashaija

Ugandan award-winning novelist Kakwenza Rukirabashaija has today been hurriedly charged for disturbing the peace of President Museveni and his son Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba.

Kakwenza was this morning arraigned before the Buganda Road Chief Magistrate's court presided over by the chief magistrate Dr Douglas Singiza, who read to him two charges of offensive communication.

According to sources who attended today's court session, Kakwenza denied the charges in the absence of his lawyers and journalists and was subsequently remanded to Kitalya prison until January 21.

Court heard that on December 24, 2021, in Kampala district, Kakwenza willfully and repeatedly, used his Twitter handle, @KakwenzaRukira to disturb the peace of his President Museveni with no purpose of legitimate communication. Additionally,  between December 26 and 28 2021, the court was told, Kakwenza used the same Twitter handle to disturb the peace of Museveni's son Gen Muhoozi.

The charging of Kakwenza comes a day after High court judge Musa Ssekaana issued an order directing the commander of Special Forces Command (SFC) Brigadier Peter Candia, the Inspector General of Police Martins Okoth Ochola, CID director Grace Akullo and the Attorney General to produce him before his court dead or alive tomorrow Wednesday and show cause as to why he has been in detention for more than the mandatory 48 hours without being charged.

Kakwenza was arrested on December 28, 2021, from his home in Kisaasi, a Kampala suburb, and has since then told relatives that he was being detained by SFC in Entebbe. On January 4, 2022, court in Makindye, presided over by grade one magistrate Irene Nambatya issued an order directing the government to release Kakwenza unconditionally. But the government ignored the order.

Both the High court and Makindye court orders were issued following successful applications for the restoration of Kakwenza's constitutional freedoms including the right to liberty and fair hearing by his lawyers; Nalukoola Luyimbazi, Eron Kiiza and Samuel Wanda together with his wife Eva Basima.

They stated that he was being detained incommunicado, not allowed access to his family members, lawyers and medical doctors yet when he was taken to his upcountry home in Iganga district for a search, he reportedly looked frail, possibly as a result of torture.

In 2017, Makerere University researcher Dr Stella Nyanzi was charged for the posts she made on her Facebook attacking the First Lady Janet Kataha Museveni through a vulgarized poem. Nyanzi was subsequently convicted but later on acquitted by High court judge Henry Peter Adonyo after the state failed to convince the court on the jurisdiction matters (whether the crime was committed in Uganda or outside).

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+2 #11 Zaitun 2022-01-12 17:15
"Kakwenza willfully and repeatedly, used his Twitter handle, @KakwenzaRukira to disturb the peace of his President Museveni with no purpose of legitimate communication."

What a nasty joker, that officer programed to tell lies to Ugandans!

Who has been disturbibg the peace of Ugandans since 1970s? Not your Museveni?

Did he not disturb people in Luwero to the poin t of wiping out people? Who bzggzd him and his Rwandese family members to come todisturb Ugandans who were in peace that time?

Those fermented lies will follow their master planners to their families and graves when the time comes.

You can take pleasure in disturbing an innocent cock even when driven to a corner. But when time comes for,protecting itself, be assured to leave your eyes with its claws.

Yes, that will be Uganda's history tomorrow. All those disturbing us will be hunted down like helpless rats washed down by rain!!!
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0 #12 Jama 2022-01-12 19:04
A parody of justice.
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0 #13 Edward Mukyanda 2022-01-12 21:32
Dear Ugandans, anybody who arrests a Ugandan for more than 48 hours without presenting the suspect in court must be prosecuted.

We must stop this impunity and raping of the constitution. Why waste billions to make laws that do not bite?

Courts and parliament must stand up to be counted.
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0 #14 Joe 2022-01-12 22:53
To you all, geneouses and idiots, let us pause for a moment and ask ourselves; if he is as stupid and evil as you say he is, do you ever ask yourselves how he has been able to hold this country together for so long?

Statistics and reality do give him a decent score, not failure, otherwise human discontent would have thrown him out a long time ago!

Whether we like him or not, Dude must be doing something right! I don't like him but I am realistic, what about you?
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