Uganda detains author of book critical of Museveni

Tue Sep 20, 2011 5:54pm GMT

By Elias Biryabarema

KAMPALA (Reuters) - Ugandan police said on Tuesday they had detained a man accused of writing a book criticising President Yoweri Museveni and predicting his removal from office by "people power".

Vincent Nzaramba whose book, "People Power, Battle the Mighty General" had yet to hit book stores, was taken into custody by a para-military section of Ugandan police on Saturday, his wife, Gloria Nzaramba, told Reuters.

Police seized about 200 copies of the book from the author's house, she said, adding that her husband had been tortured and was on a hunger strike.

"Nzaramba was arrested and we have him. We're currently conducting investigations into his book and we'll give you details later," police spokeswoman Judith Nabakoba told Reuters.

Nabakoba did not specify the charges against Nzaramba and did not respond to a texted message asking her to respond to the torture allegations.

The book has since been posted in the documents section of the social networking site Twitter, Reuters confirmed.

In the book, Nzaramba says that Museveni, in power since 1986, had left Ugandans only three options to get rid of him: a putsch, a civil war or a non-violent revolution similar to the Arab Spring uprisings.

He says anti-government protests against rising food and fuel prices that have rocked Uganda since April are building the momentum for a non-violent revolution.   Continued...

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