‘You Have No Serious Sickness That Requires Special Treatment’! Court Dismisses Novelist Kakwenza’s Application To Get His Passport To Travel To Germany
By Uganda Online Media
Kampala: Buganda Road Court has dismissed Novelist Kakwenza Rukirabashaija’s application to obtain his passport to travel to Germany for medical treatment because according to the court, there is no urgent need for medical attention as shown from the reviewed medical form.
Trial Chief Magistrate Douglas Singiza has ruled that he has found no merit in Kakweza’s application to access his passport because he does not need to travel to Germany to attend his award ceremony as this can be done virtually.
According to Singiza, Kakweza suffers no serious sickness to warrant seeking specialized treatment abroad since there is even no evidence from any witnesses to support his torture allegations as all that court has is evidence of his lawyer.
He has thus dismissed Kakweza’s application to have proceedings in the case stayed and have the file referred to the High Court to have the torture allegations investigated.
Meanwhile, Kakwenza’s lawyer Eron Kiiza noted that they don’t agree with the court’s decision adding that they are ready to challenge it in the high court.
”We disagree with the decision and the decision on the validity of criminal proceedings against him. We shall challenge them in a higher (High) court” He Eron said
Kakweza’s passport was deposited in court as a condition for release on bail for offenses of offensive communication against the person of President Museveni and his son Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba.
Kakweza allegedly uploaded a tweet on his official Twitter handle ” Kakweza [email protected]” which the prosecution says was meant to disturb the peace of the president and that of his son Muhoozi.
He denied the 2 counts that the state says contravenes section 25 of the Computer Misuse Act which he allegedly committed on 24 and 28th December 2021.