Eva Basima, the wife to missing novelist Kakwenza Rukirabashaija is set to appear in court tomorrow, Monday 10th January 2022 in a bid to locate her missing husband.
Kakwenza is a Ugandan PEN Pinter Prize award winning novelist known for his famous work “The Greedy Barbarian” among many others satirical works that depict a fictional corrupt state in which the leaders selfishly enjoy at the expense of the population.
He was arrested on the accusation of using offensive communication via his twitter account on the 28th of December 2021. The satirical novelist had through his Twitter handle criticized the Uganda head of state President Museveni and his son which prompted his arrest.
A week after his arrest, he appeared before his family with security operatives to conduct a thorough check of his residence in Iganga, his wife, Basima was moved to tear due to the visible torture marks on his body and although she was never granted an opportunity to speak to him, it was evident that he was in a critical condition.
Following his arrest, the Makindye Grade One Magistrate, Irene Nambatya on 4th January passed an order for his release stating that he had been in custody for over 48 hours without appearing before court which violates his rights.
However, security operatives have not come out to say anything about the plans to release Kakwenza which has left his wife in an antsy state and forced her to run to the courts of law to seek justice for her husband.
This is not the first time Kakwenza is being arrested as he was first incarcerated in April 2020 and questioned about his novel “The Greedy Barbarian” that speaks of high level corruption in a fictional state.
After his release, he wrote his second book relating to his experience while in custody, “Banana Republic: Where Writing Is Treasonous” which resulted into his arrest in September the same year.
For a third time, he was arrested because of a post on his social media handle which has sparked a lot of concern from various bodies in the country including the Forum for Democratic Change to which he subscribes, a team of Ugandan writers and novelists as well as human rights activist Stella Nyanzi.
As we await his wife’s appearance in court tomorrow, we can only anticipated what the High Court’s ruling shall be in regards to the Kakwenza Rukirabashaija matter.