Dr Nyanzi charged in court for insulting Museveni

Monday April 10 2017

Lawyer Nicholas Opiyo makes case for his client

Lawyer Nicholas Opiyo makes case for his client Dr Stella Nyanzi (in the dock) at Buganda Road Magistrate's court on Monday, April 10, 2017. Photo by Alex Esagala 

By Betty Ndagire and Job Bwire

Makerere University research fellow Dr Stella Nyanzi who was arrested last Friday has been arraigned in court today.
Dr Nyanzi, who was on Monday morning driven from Kira Divisional Police Headquarters where she has been in custody since her arrest, to Buganda Road Magistrate’s Court in a convoy of security cars was charged in relation to the alleged offensive Facebook posts she made about President Museveni specifically. Dr Stella Nyanzi brought to Buganda Road

Dr Stella Nyanzi brought to Buganda Road Magistrates court amid tight security.. Courtesy photo


She is charged with two counts including cyber harassment contrary to section 24 (1)(2)(a) of the Computer misuse Act 2011 and offensive communication contrary to section 25 of the Computer Misuse Act 2011.

In the first count, prosecution alleges that “Dr Nyanzi on January 28, 2017 at Kampala District or thereabout used a computer to post on her Facbook page “Stella Nyanzi” wherein she made a suggestion or proposal referring to His Excellence Yoweri Kaguta Museveni as among others “a pair of buttocks” which suggestion/ proposal is obscene or indecent.”
In the second count, prosecution states that Dr Nyanzi “between January 2017 and march 2017 in Kampala district wilfully and repeatedly used electronic communication to post messages offensive in nature via Facebook, transmitted over the internet to disturb or attempted to disturb the peace, quiet or right of privacy of his excellency the president of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni with no purpose of legitimate communication.

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