Jan 11, 2022
Ugandan author of The Greedy Barbarian charged over Museveni tweets
Award-winning Ugandan author Kakwenza Rukirabashaija has been charged with two counts of "Offensive communication" after making unflattering remarks about the president and his son on Twitter. Mr Rukirabashaija pleaded not guilty to the charges, local media report. On Tuesday, Mr Rukirabashaija appeared in court in the capital, Kampala, for the first time since he was detained. Mr Kiiza had previously alleged that Mr Rukirabashaija had been tortured in detention. The author has been charged with two counts of "Offensive communication" under the Computer Misuse Act.The prosecution alleged that Mr Rukirabashaija had "Wilfully and repeatedly used his Twitter handle to disturb the peace of His Excellency the President of the Republic of Uganda, Gen Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, with no purpose of legitimate communication".
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