The writer and activist Kakwenza Rukira who dared to question and call Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerubaga ‘obese’ in December 2021. After prolonged agony, kept in detention in-communicado and not produced to court from mid-December to early January 2022.
The writers document and court documents are really revealing, as it states some fact, which the government cannot deny at this point. While he was in Kitalya Mini Max Prison showed that he was healing from scars from torture on his back, buttocks, thighs and hands. As well, as the St. Francis Hospital Nsambya report the Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS), blood clots under finger nails, multiple lacerations and healing bruises on his back, buttocks, thighs and right forearm, stress fracture left distal tibial shaft and periostitis left fibula.
As you can see the court document says very substantial torture which he went through in government detention and at unknown facilities. The Special Force Command (SFC) the former unit, which Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerubaga lead before he became the Commander of Land Forces (CLF) of Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF).
It is really frightening that they can do this to a civilian and a writer. That means that the SFC on command and orders of the “high above” can torture someone just out of spite and revenge. This is the message and meaning of spreading fear.
Torture isn’t new and has been a staple of the National Resistance Movement (NRM). As it has used SIU Kireka and ungazetted safe-houses to torture civilians and activists for decades. Therefore, the state and it’s security agencies has been doing so. While fragments of the horror stories are revealed in courts and sometimes the injustice is vindicated with paid cost and damages.
If they can do this Kakwenza Rukira, which is a public figure and writer. The state can be even more hostile, more avenging and causing fatalities as well. That is well-known… and it has been visible with the “drones” and extra-judicial killings, which was prevalent in the campaign season and up to the polls. We also know that opposition activists, members of parliament and civilians affiliated is still linger behind bars, as we speak.
Therefore, the writer and dissident has been tortured for questioning the first son and third ranked army commander in UPDF, Lt. Gen. Muhoozi. That is evident and clear for everyone to see. Peace.