Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine spent Wednesday at Luzira Maximum Security prison visiting People Power supporters who are incarcerated there over different “flimsy charges”.
He started off by visiting Dr. Stella Nyanzi at the women’s prison and was very glad to find her in very high spirits.
“She sends greetings to all comrades in the struggle and encourages all of us to soldier on!” Bobi Wine said.
He then went to the men’s prison and visited several comrades who are being held on “ridiculous charges”- including several of them who have been arrested for putting on red berets.
“What I am glad about is that none of these comrades is discouraged. On the contrary, they are all more determined to fight the injustices in Uganda, having been victims of it and tasted it first hand,” he noted.
He added: “I also encouraged them to know that all oppressed people stand with them and ultimately, we shall overcome!”
Nyanzi, a Makerere University Research fellow, was earlier this month sentenced to 18 months in prison for cyber-harassment.
This week, she appealed to the High Court challenging her conviction and sentence.
She, however, is expected to serve for nine months as she had spent a similar duration in remand.
Nonetheless, in her appeal, Nyanzi argues that the court did not have the jurisdiction and that she allowed the charge that was incurably defective, unacceptably vague and barred by law.
She wants the conviction quashed and the punishment set aside on grounds that the magistrate passed an illegal and disproportionate sentence.
Dr Nyanzi further adds that the trial magistrate erred in law and fact, when she refused to facilitate the compulsory attendance and examination of a defense witness after he had absconded from court.
She states that the failure of the court to compel the witness infringed on her right to fair hearing.
Dr Nyanzi says the magistrate failed to properly evaluate the evidence on record, thereby arriving at a wrong decision in convicting the appellant of cyber harassment.
She alleges that the magistrate contravened Article 28(5) of the 1995 Constitution, Section 123 of the Magistrates Court Act, and the Judicature (Visual-Audio Link) Rules (2016) when she conducted proceedings on August 2, 2019 via Visual-Audio Link.
Dr Nyanzi was found guilty of disturbing the peace of President Yoweri Museveni and his late mother Ms Esteri Kokundeka in a Facebook post.