Novelist Kakwenza Re-arrested, Whisked Away To Unknown Destination Moments After Being Granted Bail

Novelist Kakwenza Rukirabasaijja

By Uganda Online Media

President Yoweri Museveni has appointed Maj Tom Magambo who has been in the Internal Security Organisations(ISO) as the new police Criminal Investigations Director.

“President Museveni has promoted Private Tom Magambo to the rank of Major and appointed him Director Criminal Investigations of the Uganda Police Force,” the acting UPDF spokesperson, Lt Col Ronald Kakurungu said in a statement.

Kampala: Kakwenza Rukirabashaija’s temporary freedom was again cut short after he was allegedly “kidnapped” at Kitalya prison and whisked away in a tinted double-cabin pick up, moments after he was granted bail.

The Kampala Capital City Authority Deputy Lord Mayor Doreen Nyanjura broke the news on her Twitter saying the troubled writer was whisked away from Kitalya prison.

“A double cabin tinted, the numberless car has kidnapped Kakwenza Rukirabashaija from Kityala Prison!” she said.

“Comrade Kakwenza has been kidnapped from Kitalya Prison and taken in a Double Cabin Pick Up with covered number plates.”

According to Nyanjura, Kakwenza’s bail had become a complicated matter after he failed to deposit his passport, which is said to be at his residence in Iganga.

“The chief magistrate says he can’t sign the release order unless Kakwenza’s passport is deposited in court since that was one of the key bail conditions. Kakwenza’s wife has to rush to Iganga, hopefully, she finds the passport, hopefully, she gets back finds the magistrate,” she said

Kakwenza had been released on UGX 500,000 cash bail and a noncash bail of Shs10m for his sureties.

Kakwenza was arrested on December 28, 2021 from his home in Kisaasi over offensive communication for his tweets on December 24, 2021 that were said to have offended President Museveni and his son, Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the Commander Land Forces.

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