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Constitutional watchdog: Ugandan novelist Kakwenza released

Wednesday January 26 2022
Ugandan author Kakwenza Rukirabashaija.

Ugandan author Kakwenza Rukirabashaija (right) with another man in this photo handed out on January 26, 2022. PHOTO | HANDOUT via DAILY MONITOR

By DAILY MONITOR

Ugandan satirical author Kakwenza Rukirabashaija, who is accused of disseminating offensive communication against the First family, has been released, a constitutional watchdog announced Wednesday.

“Ugandan novelist Kakwenza Rukirabashaija was released this morning and is being taken for medical attention,” the Center for Constitutional Governance (CCG) said in a brief Twitter statement.

“Well done Counsel Kiiza Eron (defense lawyer) team plus all activists worldwide who added their voices to #FreeKakwenza,”the CCG said on Wednesday.

The 33-year-old activist was granted bail on medical grounds and was released from Kitalya Prison in Kampala on Tuesday.

But just moments after walking out of the prison, he was picked up by suspected security operatives and forced into a tinted vehicle with no number plates. The car then sped off, according to his lawyer Erin Kiiza.

This sparked an uproar on social media.

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And his lawyer, Mr Kiiza, on Tuesday told journalists that his client had been “kidnapped” by military men.

Read: EU demands immediate release of Ugandan author Kakwenza

Following the incident, the European Union and the US called “for his release, consistent with the magistrate's order.”

“We also continue to monitor closely actions by individuals to undermine rule of law and democracy in Uganda,” the US Mission in Uganda said.  

“In democratic societies, rule of law and judicial independence must be respected, especially by security agencies.”

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