Court orders security to produce critical book writer

Detained. Kakwenza Rukirabashaija. Courtesy photo

What you need to know:

  • According to counsel Kiiza, the book in question, talks about a key character known as "Kayibanda", dictator who clings to power and is greedy and incompetent.
  • In further summarising what the book is all about, counsel Kiiza said Kayibanda ruled for 43 years and was succeeded by a new leader, who appoints people on merit and he quits power and hands over successfully and peacefully.

The High Court in Kampala has this evening, ordered the top security including the director of Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), to produce the missing critical book writer, Mr Kakwenza Rukirabashaija before it on April 27.

Other security organs which the court directed its orders are; the Inspector General of Police, the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) and the Attorney General in his capacity as the chief government legal adviser .

Mr Kakwenza, the author of a book "The Greedy Barbarian" went missing on Easter Monday.
According to a family friend, Mr Wartson Atukwasize, in his affidavit before court, claims Mr Kakwenza was arrested by operatives from CMI.

This, he says was after a group of them, five in number, stormed his home in Iganga at around 2.30pm, demanded for his cell phone and laptop before bundling him into a waiting white government car.

He told court that the continued detention of his friend beyond the constitutional 48 hours was illegal, hence seeking for his release and freedom.

"Upon reading the notion of Mr Kakwenza dated the 15th day of April 2020 and the affidavit in support and upon hearing from his counsel Mr Eron Kiiza, it's hereby ordered that a writ of habeas corpus is directed at the Attorney General, Inspector General of Police, Chief of Defence Forces, director of CMI to have the body of Kakwenza produced before the High Court at Kampala on the 27th April 2020," justice Esta Nambayo ordered

His lawyer, Mr Kiiza believes his client got into trouble with the security over his latest book that they believe is critical of the government.

According to counsel Kiiza, the book in question, talks about a key character known as "Kayibanda", dictator who clings to power and is greedy and incompetent.

In further summarising what the book is all about, counsel Kiiza said Kayibanda ruled for 43 years and was succeeded by a new leader, who appoints people on merit and he quits power and hands over successfully and peacefully.

He added that Kayibanda's property ended up being nationalised.

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