Pro-Stella Nyanzi Makerere students returned to Luzira

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Makerere LCV councillor, Doreen Nyanjura [C] outside Buganda Road Court

Four Makerere University students who were arrested for protesting the detention of researcher, Dr Stella Nyanzi, have been sent back to Luzira prisons on remand.

They are; Edmond Kahigi, Roy Rugumayo, Hannington Mugarura and Steven Ariho.

The group was arrested on May 10, 2017 protesting outside court and demanding the release of Nyanzi who had was being incarcerated for insulting President Yoweri Museveni and First Lady, Janet Kataaha Museveni.

They four were first detained at Kampala Central Police Station [CPS] and later sent to Luzira prisons to wait for a court hearing.

When they re-appeared on Monday, Buganda Road Court Chief Magistrate, Elizabeth Kamasanyu, denied them bail and instead adjourned the matter.

The magistrate asked the students and their lawyer, Isaac Semakadde, to give her up to Wednesday to study the contents of the case.

She thus returned them to Luzira on remand until Wednesday May 24, 2017 when they are expected to re-apply for bail.

Edmond Kahigi, Roy Rugumayo, Hannington Mugarura and Steven Ariho in the dock at Buganda Road Court

Makerere LCV Councillor, Doreen Nyanjura, who attended the session described the court action as “very disheartening”.

“These students have already missed course works and tests, they begin exams this Friday! Two weeks back she denied them bail because she was tired and yet she also had a report to present in the High Court!” Nyanjura pointed out.

Nyanjura went on: “Today, this very arrogant Magistrate denied the students bail because she wants to handle the trial and bail application at the same time!”

Nyanzi who had also attended the court session said the students were clearly very disappointed.

“Shame on Uganda for arresting and intimidating brainy daring thinkers who hold peaceful protests against Museveni’s dictatorial family-rule,” Nyanzi said.

She added: “Imagine imprisoning university students for exercising their constitutional rights to hold peaceful demonstrations! We must urgently put an end to this state intimidation of opposition voices.”