Ugandan novelist Kakwenza severely tortured: lawyer



Ugandan novelist Kakwenza Rukirabashaija’s lawyer said her client was tortured for a week in detention to the point of urinating blood.

Mr. Eron Kiiza said that Mr. Rukirabashaija’s legs were swollen and his clothes were stained with blood.

“A search is underway at Mr. Rukirabashaija’s home in Iganga. He urinates blood. His legs are swollen. He is clearly tortured. He urgently needs medicine and advice, ”Kiiza said.

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

Police allege that Mr. Rukirabashaija made an offensive communication, under the Computer Misuse Act, against President Museveni and his son, Lieutenant General Muhoozi Kainerugaba, who is also the Commander of the Ground Forces, between December 23, 2021 and December 26, 2021.

Although the spokesperson for the Directorate of Criminal Investigations Charles Twiine confirmed that Mr. Kiiza was able to gain access to Mr. Rukirabashaija, he said the suspect was not tortured.


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

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

Mr Twiine said he repeatedly abused President Museveni and Lieutenant General Muhoozi on Twitter.

Right to liberty

Police defended his detention beyond the constitutionally prescribed 48 hours, saying his rights had limits.
“Article 43 of the Constitution limits rights,” said Mr. Twiine.

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

Mr Twiine said they would have processed Mr Rukirabashaija’s case on time, but were delayed by the holiday season.

“A lot of people weren’t there because of the holiday season. He will be brought to justice tomorrow (Tuesday), ”said Mr. Twiine.

Mr. Kiiza said what the security forces are doing to his client is illegal and not justifiable. He said that Mr. Rukirabashaija was tortured during his detention and that he was vomiting blood.

Three years ago, the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Martins Okoth-Ochola, issued directives that officers must respect the human rights and freedom of suspects, including by allowing them access to their relatives and legal representatives, as provided by law.

The law

According to section 25 of the Computer Misuse Act 2011 on offensive communications, “Anyone who willfully and repeatedly uses electronic communications to disrupt or attempt to disrupt the peace, quiet or right to privacy of any person without any legitimate communication purpose, whether or not. a conversation which ensues commits an offense and is liable, on conviction, to a fine not exceeding 24 monetary points or to imprisonment not exceeding one year or both ”.

Twenty-four currency points equals 480,000 Ush ($ 134.83).


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