Self-exiled controversial novelist Kakwenza Rukirabashaija has reportedly been sending emissaries to different power-wielding politicians seeking financial handouts.
Kakwenza who has nosedived from a creative novelist to an armchair social media propagandist is said to be domiciled in Germany after facing charges of offensive communication back in Uganda.
Highly placed sources have confided in The Kampala Post that whereas Kakwenza paints a happy picture on social media, deep inside, he is a distraught figure who is struggling to finance his flamboyant lifestyle marbled with sex escapades involving a myriad of women.
To sail through the thick of the ‘hard knock life’ in Germany, Kakwenza has resorted to soliciting funds through blackmail and extortion using his social media platforms mainly X, formerly Twitter. This explains why Kakwenza has been using his Twitter account to post defamatory and malevolent content about top public figures in the country.
“While on social media he portrays a happy life, the stipend he is living on cannot take care of his fees, take care of his family, and finance his sex escapades with many women,” a top politician said, adding that Kakwenza is a double-faced person who ‘exposes’ politicians during the day and at night, tiptoes to them for financial bailout through emissaries and text messages.
“He will threaten to continue posting bad things about them (public figures) if they don’t give him money and those who ignore his demands have continuously faced the wrath of his handwriting on Twitter,” another politician who asked for anonymity said.
Last year, Kakwenza reportedly sent emissaries to ask the Speaker of Parliament, Annet Anita Among to give him 50,000 Euros (over Shs200 million) to cater for his tuition and take care of his family abroad and in exchange, he would cease fire. Kakwenza has been using his Twitter account to hurl insults on the person of the Speaker almost daily.
“He also sent emissaries to the Deputy Speaker [Thomas Tayebwa] claiming that a senior minister had hired bloggers in Europe to attack him and he wanted money to neutralise them,” a source added. Apparently, he also reached out to several UPDF Generals and ministers asking for handouts, and where his victims have not been compliant; he has belittled and maligned them on social media.
“While Kakwenza puts a tough face online, he inboxes senior government officials begging for money. He is pleading to come back home,” a source added.
Last week, this website revealed how Kakwenza in a letter dated 01 August 2023 addressed to the President, accused the European Union (EU) of using his social media platforms to attack government officials and promote certain agendas.
He admitted that, as a young, unemployed writer, he initially used his social media platforms to criticize governments and individuals for monetary gain, with no intention of meaningful communication until he signed a Memorandum of Understanding allowing the EU to use his Twitter handle to "raise voices of marginalized groups, including the LGBTQ+ community."
The novelist noted that government officials such as Speaker Anita Among and the Senior Presidential Advisor for Special Operations General Muhoozi Kainerugaba have been targeted through his Twitter account.