IGANGA- The author of the million seller book, “The Greedy Barbarian” Kakwenza Rukirabashaija has been arrested and his whereabouts are still unknown.
According to his wife Linet Basiima Kakwenza, her husband was picked up from his upcountry home in Iganga District today on September 18th 2020 by soldiers who claimed that they are from CMI.
“He was arrested at 6:30am this morning the 18th day of September 2020, over publishing another book, THE BANANA REPUBLIC, which recounts the grim torture of how CMI arrested, detained and tortured him for seven days from Easter Monday 13th, April 2020” His wife Linet Basiima Kakwenza told this reporter on phone.
She also said that the CMI operatives had the audacity of telling his wife and area LC 1 Chairperson that they were arresting him over his continued literature writing which is critical of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
Kakwenza Rukirabashaija, Lawyer Eron Kizza of Kizza and Mugisha Advocates have demanded an immediate and unconditional release of the youthful novelist, journalist, law student and activist.
By the time of time writing this story, the family of Kakwenza and his Lawyer Laayer had not yet established where he was being detained.
Brig Flavia Byekwaso the Ministry of defense spokesperson says , Kakwenza Rukirabashaija was indeed arrested but she is reliably informed that he is being detained under Police and not CMI at at Special Investigations Unit – Kireka.
She made it categorically clear that the CMI had no hand in his arrest.
Efforts to get a comment from the Police Spokesman Fred Enanga were futile as he said that he can not comment on the arrest carried out by CMI.
Last month, the Iganga Magistrate Grade 1 Yunusu Ndiwalana dismissed the charges which were preferred against him when he was arrested in April, and allegedly tortured by CMI for a week.
It was after his release from prison by court that Kakwenza Rukirabashaija started writing another book detailing how he was tortured by CMI operatives he said were allegedly sent by President Museveni to his residence and confiscated all the copies of ‘The Greedy Barbarian’ plus his computer, flashdrive and phone.
Kakwenza told this Online Publication on the day the court dismissed the case that the CMI had refused to return them much as his lawyer Eron Kiiza insisted.
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