Stella sent back to Luzira, wins award

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Lukwago, lawyer Ssemakadde and Stella Nyanzi at Buganda Road Court Friday

Buganda Road Chief Magistrates Court has Friday sent back former Makerere researcher Dr Stella Nyanzi to Luzira prison on remand.

Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago is part of those pushing for justice in the Stella Nyanzi’s case together with her legal team led by Isaac Ssemakadde.

He said the hearing of the matter aborted after a police detective Bill Ndyamuhaki, the only state witness who had been summoned to testify today, stormed out of Court.

“He [Ndyamuhaki] reasoned that court proceedings did not commence on time yet he had other matters to attend to,” Lukwago explained, saying the activist remains unshaken.

Grade one Magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu further remanded Stella untill May 31, 2019.

Nyanzi is accused of offensive communication and cyber harassment both contrary to sections of the Penal Code Act.

A poem was posted on Stella Nyanzi’s Facebook page on September 16, 2018, the day on which President Museveni celebrated his 74th birthday.

It was crafted in vulgarity targeted at the President’s late mother Esteeri Kokundeka and repeatedly wishing that Museveni should have died at the time of his birth.

According to the Prosecution, such statements disturbed the peace, quiet or right of privacy of President Museveni.

In March this year, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Bill Ndyamuhaki, read the poem when Prosecutor Janat Kitimbo asked him to explain how offensive the poem was to the President.

He stated that the use of words such as vaginas, smelly and creamy pussy, were too offensive to any sound person.

Ndyamuhaki was trained in cybercrime investigation by America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Human rights award

Meanwhile, the social activist has been awarded by Solidarity Uganda for being a consistent human rights defender.

The award was received by Dr Nyanzi’s daughter Bah Baraka on behalf of her mother on Monday.

Dr Stella Nyanzi’s daughter Bah Baraka receives the award on her behalf.

Jane Asinde, the programmes manager at Solidarity Uganda noted that Dr Nyanzi has embodied the essence of a brave activist, adding that she is not afraid to stand alone against any injustice.

She also said that despite being ‘politically harassed’ for fighting against injustice in the country, Dr Nyanzi remains true to her own values, something she said, is an inspiration to many activists.

“Dr Nyanzi has taught us that injustice negatively affects the day-to-day life of young girls, and that struggling for political liberation overlaps with building the power, confidence and, and freedom of the young, the sick, and others who are systematically neglected,” she is quoted as saying.

She added: “This is a woman who is true to herself even when passive conservative segments of society defame her. She has leveraged her privilege on behalf others in ways most of us would not”.

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