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Court Orders Unconditional Release of Novelist Kakwenza


Kakwenza Rukirabashaija

Makindye Grade One Magistrate Irene Nambatya has Tuesday ordered the unconditional release of novelist Kakwenza Rukirabashaija, The Tower Post reports.

Kakwenza who has been in police custody for about a week was arrested late last year on charges of offensive communication for allegedly insulting President Yoweri Museveni and First son and Commander of Land Forces Muhoozi Kainerugaba on Twitter.

The order for his release was issued on following an application by his lawyers Eron Kiiza, Nalukoola Luyimbazi, and Samuel Wanda.

His lawyers argue that Kakwenza has been in unknown detention without being produced in court within the mandatory 48 hours which is a violation of his constitutional right to liberty and fair hearing.

They further contend that Kakwenza has been detained at an unknown facility and that Uganda Police Force who are detaining him refused to disclose yet his file is being managed at the Cyber Crimes Unit of Police in Kibuli.

But Kiiza says that they are not sure whether the government will comply with the release order or will opt to take him to court.

CID Spokesperson Charles Twiine had on Monday said he will be arraigned in Court today on a charge of offensive communication.

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