Ugandan security operatives are hunting for a local filmmaker Joseph Mabirizi Busuulwa for allegedly producing movies containing homosexuality content.
Security who raided Mabirizi’s home, say, they founded content of film footages, which prove Mabirizi was accomplice in producing and distributing gay content, against the laws of Uganda.
Mabirizi, a film maker with Makindye based film Studio Group 7 Works was last month arraigned in court after spending over two weeks in detention. He was charged with among others kidnap, abduction, slavery and possession of firearms before being granted bail by Grade One Magistrate pending further investigations.
Days later he went missing.
Mabirizi’s lawyer, Farouk Kiggwawo Kitaka of Nsereko Mukalazi & Co. Advocates recently told the media that charges brought against his client were tramped up and that Claire Nabagesera, the person he is accused of kidnapping was a good friend who left the country weeks ago.
Kitaka said Nabagesera’s fiancé, a high ranking security official, was arm-twisting the law to bring down his client since he assisted her to go to Europe.
“My client was arrested the next morning after he returned from a trip to Netherlands on April 23 where he had travelled with Nabagesera,” Kitaka revealed.
“It was around 9am when armed security men raided Mabirizi’s home, they told him he had kidnapped a woman and that he had a gun in his premises. The operatives searched the whole house but failed to get any evidence implicating him to any wrong doing. They instead confiscated his two phones, laptop, Visa cards and some documents. Minutes later they handcuffed, face masked him and drove with him in a white double cabin to a safe house. They also tortured him.”
According to sources, security recently slapped fresh charges against Mabirizi after discovering homosexuality scripts and films during a raid on his home.
“His latest movie project in Kasese was in one way or the other promoting homosexuality in Uganda and when they raided his home in April, the officers landed on scripts and movie clips about the vice,” Mabirizi’s friend who preferred anonymity told Watchdog Uganda.
It is also alleged that when he travelled to Netherlands, he was going to receive fundings to promote homosexuality back home.
His lawyer has confirmed that the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) has already summoned Mabirizi over the case.
“CMI has summoned my client through me since he is still missing,” said Kitaka.
“They want to interrogate him about the homosexuality allegations.”
In Uganda, under the Penal Code, “carnal knowledge against the order of nature” between two males carries a potential penalty of life imprisonment.
The Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act, 2014 was passed on 17 December 2013 with a punishment of life in prison for “aggravated homosexuality”.