Set Stella Nyanzi free, demands Bobi Wine

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Stella Nyanzi in court

Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine has joined a social media campaign seeking for the release of Makerere researcher, Dr Stella Nyanzi.

Dr. Stella Nyanzi was arrested by CID detectives on Friday last week. To date, she has not been produced before any court.

“She is being detained illegally by the forces, way beyond the 48 hours. This has become a norm and we must raise voices against it,” Bobi Wine said.

He added: “We demand that the authorities produce her before court so that she has an opportunity to defend herself against any charges they may prefer against her, or that she is set free immediately.”

Nyanzi, a human rights activist, academic and former Research Fellow, was reportedly arrested for abusing the dead mother of President Museveni.

A suspended employee of Makerere University Institute of Social Research [MISR], she was picked while trying to access her office.

Nyanzi abused Esteri Kokundeka in a vulgar poem posted on September 16 on her Facebook page, contrary to Section 25 of the Computer Misuse Act 2011 on offensive communication.

Other reports say she was arrested for holding a silent protest outside her MISR office.

She is being held at Kiira Road Division Police Station in Wakiso District, according to her lawyer, Isaac Ssemakade.

Chapter Four Uganda, a human rights watchdog, has also called for the immediate release of Dr. Stella Nyanzi, unconditionally or on bond, or for her to be produced in court.

“We further call for fair and speedy trial of Ms. Susan Namata, and Stella – if produced in court – as provided for in the Constitution.”

Namata was also remanded for threatening to hit her vagina in Museveni’s teeth.

Chapter Four Uganda‏ says the continued enforcement of overbroad cyber harassment and offensive communication offences create a chilling effect on free expression online.

“We are challenging the constitutionality of the offence in court. We must protect broader enduring values of free speech.”

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