On his return to the country, novelist Kakwenza Rukirabashaija would face the law, according to the administration.
Despite allegations on social media that Kakwenza had left the country, judicial spokeswoman Jameson Karemani informed Nile Post that the court is still waiting for him to appear in court.
“We’ve seen in the news and on social media that he’s left the country, but we’re waiting for an official notification from him.” “We anticipate his arrival in the country,” Karemani stated.
He stated that they will not be able to decide on their next course of action in the Kakwenza case until the original hearing date arrives.
Last month, Kakwenza was granted bail on counts of offensive speech in relation to tweets he made criticizing President Museveni and Commander Land Forces, Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba. On February 9, Kakwenza fled the country. He’s thought to be on his way to Europe.
His appeal for access to his passport, which would allow him to fly overseas for adequate treatment after being tortured while in jail, had previously been denied by the court.
Kakwenza said he crossed a porous border to get to Rwanda and later acquired a document that allowed him to fly to Malawi in an online conversation with Ugandan journalist Remmy Bahati in the United States on Thursday.
“I took a different path because I didn’t use their known borders where they ask for travel documents,” the author explained.
Kakwenza should obey the law and return in time for his case hearing, according to Cabinet spokesperson Chris Baryomunsi.
Eron Kiiza, the award-winning writer’s lawyer, informed this website that his client did not flee, but rather left to seek therapy.
Kakwenza will return after his treatment and will fly out of Entebbe Airport, according to Kiiza, because he did not commit any crime by seeking therapy.