Court throws out Stella Nyanzi case

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Buganda Road Chief Magistrates Court has dismissed the common nuisance case that was put against Dr Stella Nyanzi.

Nyanzi is the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC)’s flag bearer for Kampala Woman MP seat.

She is also a former Makerere University senior research fellow.

Nyanzi appeared before a session presided over by magistrate Ketty Acaa for hearing of her case on Wednesday.

The state failed to present any witnesses, prompting Acaa to dismiss the case and setting the accused free of the charges.

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“The case against the three is hereby dismissed for want of prosecution,” Acaa ruled.

Nyanzi was facing these charges alongside two businessmen; Godfrey Katongole and Newton Isaac.

Prosecution contended that Dr Nyanzi, Katongole, Newton and others still at large on July 8 at Nakasero Market within Kampala City, behaved in a manner causing inconvenience to other people by carrying placards with inscriptions “We are tired of lockdown and using COVID-19 to violate human rights”; an act which was allegedly causing inconveniences to the public in the exercise of common rights.

Nyanzi speaks

This morning, one of my five COVID19 Lockdown criminal cases has been dismissed by Grade One Magistrate Joan Ketty Acaa at Buganda Road Chief Magistrates Court.

I was arrested in July 2020 with Godfrey Katongole and Isaac Newton Sempala – two leaders from Kampala Arcaders and Traders Association (KATA) while we were holding a press conference in which demanded that dictator Museveni opens the arcades. We were charged with the offence of COMMON NUISANCE.

The court case was dismissed for want of evidence, although we have appeared five times before this magistrate. We are grateful to Counsel Geoffrey Turyasiima who provided pro bono legal aid services and represented us faithfully.

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