As Expected! Novelist Kakwenza Rearrested Few Minutes After Court Granted Him Bail

As Expected! Novelist Kakwenza Rearrested Few Minutes After Court Granted Him Bail an accessible web community

By Spy Uganda

Kampala: Government critic novelist Kakwenza Rukirabashaija has been rearrested by plane clothed security operatives moments after court granted him bail.

Buganda Road Chief Magistrates Court today granted Kakwenza freedom on a cash bail of 500,000 Ugandan shillings ($140/125 euros) and ordered the 33-year-old novelist to surrender his passport for a period of 6 months and ordered him to report back to court on 1st February 2022.

However, moments after being freed from Kitalya prison reports coming through indicate that Kakwenza has been rearrested by the military.

Reports suggest that at around 2:30 pm, men dressed in plain clothes allegedly pulled up Kakwenza while still at Kitalya Prison and picked him up again. The operatives were according to reports driving a numberless tinted double cabin.

The above has been confirmed in a tweet by the Kampala Capital City Authority Deputy Lord Mayor Doreen Nyanjura.

“A double cabin tinted, numberless car has kidnapped Kakwenza Rukirabashaija from Kityala Prison!” she said.

“Comrade Kakwenza has been kidnapped from Kitalya Prison and taken in a Double Cabin Pick Up with covered number plates.”

Rukirabashaija — who his lawyers say has been tortured in custody — appeared today via video link from a high-security prison outside the capital Kampala.

He appeared frail, and a prison guard told magistrate Douglas Singiza that Rukirabashaija was “complaining of pain” and asked to remain seated for the hearing.

In granting bail, Singiza ordered that prosecutors complete their enquiries into the case by Friday and be ready to state their position at the next hearing on February 1.

The magistrate also warned Rukirabashaija that if he spoke to the press before the case was completed his bail would “automatically collapse” and he would be returned to prison.

Diplomats from the United States and the European Union were present at Tuesday’s hearing.

Outside the court, his lawyer Eron Kiiza told journalists he did not think state prosecutors would be ready to present their case.

“I doubt it will go to full trial,” he said.

Rukirabashaija was charged on January 11 with “disturbing” veteran President Yoweri Museveni and his powerful son, Muhoozi Kainerugaba, in a series of unflattering Twitter posts.

Kiiza has said that multiple scars detailed in a prison medical examination of his client were “obvious marks of torture”, and that his detention in December was illegal.

The United States, the EU and civil society groups have demanded his release and protection from persecution.

The author won acclaim for his 2020 satirical novel, “The Greedy Barbarian”, which describes high-level corruption in a fictional country.

He was awarded the 2021 PEN Pinter Prize for an International Writer of Courage, which is presented annually to a writer who has been persecuted for speaking out about their beliefs. an accessible web community

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