Former Makerere researcher Dr Stella Nyanzi has said she will not relent in the face of prosecution and will continue to speak out against President Museveni’s regime.
“I can sacrifice motherhood to whatever alter I need to. I was born for this moment,” she told Buganda Road Court on Thursday.
She added: “I will speak to dictators even if it means in the language of a vagina.”
Dr Nyanzi was found guilty of cyber harassment but acquitted of offensive communication charges.
Presiding Magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu adjourned court to Friday (tomorrow) for sentencing. She faces up to three years in prison.
Responding to her conviction, Nyanzi said: “I am disappointed that you don’t find me guilty of offending the president.”
She added: “I plan to offend Yoweri Museveni Kaguta because he has offended us. Find me guilty of offending the dictator.”
Like prosecution had earlier state, Nyanzi said she was not begging for forgiveness.
“I’m not asking for lenience. Send me to prison!’ This is so powerful. I’m an immoral woman.”
Nyanzi is in trouble over a loutish birthday poem, targeted at the President’s late mother Esteeri Kokundeka, which was posted on Stella Nyanzi’s social media pages on September 16, 2018, a day after President Museveni’s 74th birthday.
The prosecution alleges that Nyanzi used a computer to post statements crafted in vulgarity wishing that Museveni should had died at the time of his birth and that she willfully and repeatedly used electronic communication to post similar messages which disturbed the peace, quiet or right of privacy of President Museveni.
In her ruling, the presiding magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu said Dr Nyanzi’s Facebook post “corrupts the minds of young generation” and that “…it doesn’t in anyway communicate any message… It is vulgar. It was offensive.”