By Sania Babirye
Buganda road court chief Magistrate James Eremye Mawanda has granted a 10million non cash bail to controversial Makerere university researcher Dr Stella Nyanzi. Her five sureties have also been ordered to-each-pay 10 million non-cash.
The magistrate granted her bail on grounds that she has access to personal files to examine her sanity. Stella has been ordered to deposit her passport to the court and also barred from writing or discussing any matter relating to the case.
The magistrate has however ordered the defense team to not engage the media in discussing any deeper issues relating to the case.
The matter has been adjourned to the 25th of May 2017 to allow the defense to respond to the state application in which they want Dr.Nyanzi to be subjected to a mental examination to prove her sanity.
Prosecution States that between January and March 2017 at Kampala district, Nyanzi while having no legitimate purpose of communication posted on her Facebook page suggestions and proposals referring to his excellency president Museveni that he is a pair of buttocks.
If further alleged that, Nyanzi willfully and repeatedly using electronic communication posted offensive messages via Facebook with an intention of disturbing peace and the privacy of president Museveni.
THE MENTAL STATUS EXAMINATION APPLICATION
In the mental examination application state says Dr.Nyanzi should be locked up at Murchison bay Luzira prison hospital in reference to Butabika hospital for her mental monitoring as a measure to control what they termed as continued reputational damage and injury to her victims.
State prosecutor Jonathan Muwaganya claims that Dr. Nyanzi needs a thorough mental checkup (examination) and that her mental condition should be monitored continuously.
State further says that her actions have a direct impact on the morals of society since she had periodic erratic episodes, related unusual behavior characterized with gross indecent utterances as testified by Police while at Kira police where she had been detained.
State further says that Dr. Stella Nyanzi is a case of proper mental examination given her history of public undressing at Makerere University.
The state prosecutor says that no person of her age and stature can exhibit such conduct and further evidence shows that she has ever been a patient at Butabika mental hospital and reportedly with a history of erective psychiatric disorder.
Prosecution states the law only allows suspects whose mental status has been established to stand trial and that Dr.Nyanzi’s mental status needs a full examination to prove that she is fit to stand trial.
The state also wants a comprehensive report regarding the current and previous mental status of Dr. Stella Nyanzi availed to court.