Court fixes date to judge Nyanzi case

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Stella Nyanzi

Buganda Road Chief Magistrates Court has decided to judge former Makerere researcher Stella Nyanzi without listening to any of her witnesses.

The trial magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu said Nyanzi had failed to produce witnesses.

She said court never compelled its witnesses which they served the summons to appear.

She then set August 1 as the date it will deliver its judgment in the case in which Nyanzi is accused of insulting President Museveni and his late mother Esteri Kokundeka.

Yet in June, Nyanzi through her lawyer Isaac Ssemakadde asked court to summon President Museveni as one of the witnesses that need to be examined for her defence.

Magistrate Kamasanyu declined to grant the request saying the constitution doesn’t allow a sitting president to be summoned to courts of law as a witnesses or otherwise.

Other witnesses included; Grace Akullo the Police Criminal Investigations Director, Prof Ronald Kakungulu Mayambala of Makerere University (Mak) School of law, Eng Frank Kitumba the head of Directorate ICT Support at Mak, Mustapha B. Mugisa a member of the Institute of Forensics and ICT Security, Dr Dason Sylvester Kahyan and Dr James Ocita both in the Department of Literature at Makerere.

Others were; Dr Suzan Kiguli, a distinguished African poet, Prof Abasi Kiyimba, Prof Sylvia Tamale Coordinator of the Gender Law and Research Project at Mak, Prof Fredrick Jjuuko a distinguished Scholar in Media Law and Political Studies, Mr Allan Tacca, a columnist in the Daily Monitor, Ms Mildred Apenyo, Omumbejja Salome Nakaweesi from Buganda, Bishop Zac Niringiye and Rev Fr Gaetano Batanyenda, among others as her other witnesses.

According to Kamasanyu, the defence has no witnesses to present apart from Mustapha Mugisa who was not even ready to testify.

The state attorney Timothy Amerit asked for one week to make his response.

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