Jan 20, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Ugandan novelist Kakwenza badly tortured: lawyer

The lawyer for Ugandan writer Kakwenza Rukirabashaija said his client was tortured into urinating blood while in detention for one week.

Mr. Eron Kiiza said Mr. Rukirabhaija’s legs were swollen and his die Clothes are stained with blood.

“Mr. Rukirabashaija’s apartment in Iganga is currently being searched. He’s urinating blood. His legs are swollen. He is clearly being tortured. He urgently needs medication and advice, “said Mr. Kiiza.

This is the third time he has been arrested by security guards. In all of the incidents, he has claimed to have been tortured. He was arrested in April and September 2020.

Police allege that Mr Rukirabahaija made abusive communications against President Museveni and his son, Lieutenant General Muhoozi Kainerugaba, who also serves as the land commander, under the Computer Abuse Act between December 23, 2021 and December 26, 2021.

Although Criminal Police Department spokesman Charles Twiine confirmed that Mr. Kiiza had access to Mr. Rukirabashaija, he said the suspect had not been tortured.

“He (Mr. Kiiza) is lying. Mr. Rukirabhaija was not tortured. He’s fine. You will see him when he appears in court tomorrow (Tuesday), “said Mr Twiine.

Mr Rukirabashaija was arrested last Tuesday at his home in Kisasi, a suburb of Kampala.

< p> Mr Twiine said he had repeatedly abused President Museveni and Lieutenant General Muhoozi on Twitter.

Right to freedom

The police defended him longer than in 48 hours required by the Constitution to record says that one’s rights have limits.
“Article 43 of the Constitution has limitations on rights,” said Mr Twiine.

However, Article 43 (c) of the Constitution is clear that the enjoyment of rights and freedoms can only be limited to what is acceptable and demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society or what is provided for in this Constitution.

Mr Twiine said they had the acts processed by Mr. Rukirabashaija in time, but they were ve due to the festive season hesitates.

“A lot of people were out of office because of the festive season. He’s going to be tried tomorrow (Tuesday), “Twiine said.

Mr. Kiiza said what the security forces are doing to his client is illegal and unjustifiable. He said Mr. Rukirabashaija was tortured and he was spitting blood.

Three years ago, the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Martins Okoth-Ochola, issued instructions that officials protect human rights and the freedom of suspects including legal access to their relatives and legal representatives.


Pursuant to Section 25 of the Computer Abuse Act 2011 on Offensive Communications: “Anyone who intentionally and repeatedly uses electronic communications to disturb or disturb the peace, tranquility, or right to privacy of a person without the purpose of legitimate communication, whether there is a conversation or not, commits an offense and is liable but if convicted of a fine of not more than 24 currency points or a prison sentence of not more than one year or both. “

corresponds to 24 currency points 480,000 Ush ($ 134.83).