Dr. Stella Nyanzi appeals

BY Sania Babirye

Kampala high court judge Angelin Flavia Ssenoga is today expected to hear an appeal filed by jailed Makerere university Researcher Dr. Stella Nyanzi.

On the 16th of August, the convicted scholar petitioned the High court in Kampala challenging her 18 month jail sentence for assaulting the person of President Museveni and his late mother Esteri Kokundeka.

Through her lawyer Isaac Ssemakadde, Dr.Nyanzi is challenging her conviction and sentence basing on ten grounds.

Among the grounds for her appeal Dr.Nyanzi is citing an alleged illegal and inappropriate sentence that she says Buganda road court grade one magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu handed her on the 2nd of this month after finding her guilty of computer misuse.

She also claims that her worship Gladys Kamasanyu failed to properly and correctly evaluate evidence adduced by the state on top of being biased.

Further more, Dr. Nyanzi is accusing Kamasanyu of abusing rules regarding audio-visual proceedings during her sentencing in which she claims that she never consented to be sentenced via video conferencing link while at Luzira prison.

She also says that the lower court committed several procedural errors including failing to compel her defense witnesses to testify which she claims occasioned her a miscarriage of justice.

On the 2nd of August 2019, Buganda road court grade one magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu handed an 18 year jail sentence to Makerere university Researcher Dr.Stella Nyanzi after finding her guilty of cyber harassment.

Nyanzi was however sentenced in absentia after she was whisked away from the video conferencing hall at Luzira for insulting the magistrate and flashing her breasts.

As always, the controversial scholar did not disappoint her supporters who were packed in court because immediately when she was produced before the magistrate via a video link, she did not waste any time in putting up a show to show her dissatisfaction with the video conferencing system.

She started shouting and raising her middle finger at the magistrate as she shouted on top of her voice before finally exposing her breasts on the video screen as the magistrate sat there and watched in total dismay.

However, Luzira prison security later whisked Dr.Nyanzi away from the video link forcing the magistrate to sentence her in absentia.

Meanwhile, Nyanzi is serving only 9 months out of the 18 sentenced after the magistrate subtracted the 9 months she had so far spent on remand.

There was also drama in court after Nyanzi’s supporters turned rowdy and started shouting, abusing and throwing bottles at the magistrate to show their dissatisfaction with the decision by the magistrate to not have Nyanzi brought in court for her sentencing and the actual punishment of 18 months that she was given.

This forced police to intervene to try and calm them down.

While sentencing her, the magistrate ruled that the offense of Cyber harassment crimes are on the rise and that there is need there is need to curb it down .

She also stated that she would have sentenced Nyanzi to a fine but a fine will not occasion any impact on Nyanzi since she is unremorseful despite being convicted of posting an obscene and vulgar poem attacking the person of the president and that of his late mother.

And since then, six people have been charged with assaulting the magistrate after a mineral bottle was thrown at her.

These also include a one Abalinabyo Fatuma who is separately charged with the actual throwing of the mineral water bottle at Kamasanyu but are out on bail.

Stella Nyanzi loses pregnancy while in Luzira

By Sania Babirye
Troubled Makerere University Researcher Dr. Stellah Nyanzi has informed court that she suffered a miscarriage while on remand at Luzira Government prison.

Dr.Nyanzi made the revelation today before High court judge Lydia Mugambe as she returned for her case in whichb she is suing Makerere university for refusing to reinstate her on her job despite an order to do so.

Nyanzi who appeared frail, sad with her signature dreadlocks shaved off further explained that she lost her pregnancy last Friday after suffering from High blood pressure.

She added that she was admitted to the prison’s sick bay and that is why she could not get in touch with her lawyer Isaac Ssemakadde to swear a supporting affidavit in her case .

Her lawyer has now asked court to adjourned the case to the 19th of February 2019 for hearing.

Nyanzi has been on remand at Luzira prison since November last year on charges of cyber harassment and offensive communication to the person of president M7 and his late mother Esteri Kokundeka.

In October 2018 , Makerere University’s appeal tribunal lifted her suspension and directed that she be be re-instated with all salary arrears paid and promoted to the level of a Fellow Researcher with immediate effect.

However , Makerere University did not honor the directives causing Dr.Nyanzi to sue the university the decision by the university has affected her life negatively since she can not take care of herself or her family .

But the university maintains that Nyanzi’s contract did expire and she never renewed it when she learnt that she was transferred to the school of law.

Nyanzi is currently on remand at Luzira government prison on fresh charges of posting obscene birthday poem on Facebook where she attacked president M7 and his late mother and she has also refused to seek bail despite the judge advising her to do so .

Court grants bail to MAK students who led Stella Nyanzi demostration

By Babirye Sania

Buganda road court has granted bail to four Makerere University students who were  remanded to Luzira prison for allegedly holding a unlawful demonstration on the 10th of May  2017 demanding for Dr Stella Nyanzi’s release.

The four students include  Kahigi Edmund, Roy Rugumayo, Hanington Mugarura and Stephen Ariho.

Buganda road grade one  magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu  has ordered each to  sign a court  bond of ten million  shillings to ensure that  they return to court next week for hearing of  their case.

The four were part of a group of 10 students who were arrested at the  gates of Buganda road court  demanding for the immediate  release of Controversial Makerere university researcher Dr. Stella Nyanzi who had  been in Luzira prison over a month on charges of cyber  harassment .

Nyanzi was later granted  bail by  the same court and returns to court tomorrow  for her case mention.

Prosecution states that on the 10th of May 2017 at Buganda Road court Kampala without lawful excuse the  four students  made statements calculated to incite violence against the public .