Buganda Highway Court has issued an arrest warrant for novelist Kakwenza Rukirabashaija for absconding on bail.
Kakwenza’s arrest was ordered by the trial’s chief magistrate, Dr Douglas Singiza, who also summoned his 4 sureties to appear on April 11 to explain their whereabouts and why each of them should not pay the guaranteed sum of UGX 10 million.
Kakwenza’s sureties are NUP General Secretary Lewis Rubongoya and lawyers Julius Galisonga, Job Kaija and Ann Ashaba.
Resident state prosecutor Joan Keko was prompted to seek an arrest warrant after Kakwenza missed a hearing in his case. The case had been scheduled earlier for a hearing on Wednesday.
Kakwenza is outside the country despite the court’s refusal to issue him his passport to facilitate his journey to Germany to receive specialist treatment.
Kakwenza is wanted for offenses of offensive communication against the person of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and his son Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba.
Kakwenza allegedly shared a tweet on his official Twitter account which the prosecution alleges was intended to disturb the peace of the president and that of his son Muhoozi.
He denied the 2 counts that allegedly violate Section 25 of the Computer Misuse Act that were allegedly committed on December 24 and 28, 2021.