By SANIA BABIRYE
Makerere University Researcher Dr. Stellah Nyanzi has pleaded not guilty to charges relating to attacking the privacy of President M7 and his late mother Esteri Kokundeka and immediately informs the court that she has no interest in being released on bail.
Dr. Nyanzi who has so far spent 2 days on remand at Luzira prison has informed Buganda Road Court Grade one magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu that as a poetess, she has been writing extensively about what she terms as an illegitimate regime of president Museveni and she wonders why at this time the president claims to have taken offense when she writes about his late mother.
Nyanzi explained to the court that she is not interested in applying for bail and would rather stay in prison to teach other women to write and express themselves on facebook.
Nyanzi also wondered when the prosecutor Jane Kitimbo told the court that police is still investigating the matter when the alleged obscene words that offended the president are clearly written on her official Facebook page.
She has now been remanded back to Luzira prison until the November 22nd. Court has ordered police to expedite its investigations and have her quickly tried.
Nyanzi earlier denied the two o counts of cyber harassment and offensive communication, prosecution first tendered in court an amended charge sheet detailing more particulars of the offenses and removing the name
Prosecution states that Nyanzi between the 16th and 17th September 2018 with an intention of disturbing the peace of President M7 posted obscene messages on her official Facebook page(Stellah Nyanzi) while attacking the privacy of the President and that of his late mother Esteri.
Unlike on Wednesday when Nyanzi demanded that the charges be read in her mother tongue – Luganda, today she accepted that they are read in English- the official court language.
Nyanzi was arrested on Friday Last week from Wandegeya police station where she had gone to seek permission and security to organize a peaceful demonstration against Makerere University’s refusal to reinstate her as a researcher following a 2-year suspension due to alleged misconduct.
This is the second time Dr. Stellah Nyanzi is charged before the court on offenses relating to attacking the person and privacy of the President.