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Court accepts fresh evidence against Stella Nyanzi

Dr Stella Nyanzi

Dr Stella Nyanzi

Buganda Road Chief Magistrate’s court has finally allowed the state to table additional evidence in the case of cyber harassment and offensive communication against former Makerere University research fellow, Dr Stella Nyanzi.

Buganda Road Grade One magistrate, Gladys Kamasanyu made the ruling on Tuesday afternoon, paving way for detective Bill Ndyamuhaki to tender in eight exhibits in the case where Nyanzi is accused of authoring an offensive birthday poem dedicated to President Yoweri Museveni. 

The exhibits were initially opposed by Nyanzi’s lawyers, Isaac Semakadde and Derrick Bazekuketta on grounds that they were disclosed to them after the completion of the investigations.  

The exhibits include activation codes used to create Nyanzi’s Facebook account, documents showing the number that activated the Facebook account and a photocopy of the passport Nyanzi reportedly used to apply for the MTN phone number that she used to create the Facebook page.

The others include Nyanzi’s bio data forms obtained from Makerere University vice chancellor and human resource manager, two court orders issued by Buganda Road chief magistrate Miriam Akello in December 2018 and April 2019 that were served to MTN Uganda and Makerere University requesting for the information tendered before court.   

Earlier on, Nyanzi’s lawyers argued that the evidence should be rejected because it was served to them in 2019 yet investigations ended in 2018.  

The lawyers also argued that the prosecution went and secured court orders to get the evidence in contention from another magistrate instead of the one handling the matter.

However, in her ruling, Kamasanyu said prosecution didn’t have enough time to do its investigations and since they got orders from a gazetted court of judicature, there was nothing wrong with their evidence. Kamasanyu allowed the documents and marked them as official court exhibits. 

She adjourned the matter to April 23 for cross examination of Ndyamuhaki.  Trouble for Nyanzi started  on  September 16, 2018, the day on which Museveni celebrated his 74th birthday. Nyanzi allegedly posted a loutish birthday poem on her Facebook page attacking Esteri Kokundeka, the late mother of Museveni wishing that the later died at birth to save Ugandans from sufferings. 

Nyanzi has since refused to apply for bail and has been in Luzira since November 7, 2018. 


+2 #1 Jonathan Luyirika 2019-04-17 08:14
She (Stella) reminds me of the late Winnie Mandela(Rip.Mama wabaana)who stood firmly against oppressive apartheid regime in South Africa.

Humiliation, torture,forced exile, imprisonment didn't scare her from mounting pressure on heavily armed and well organized apartheid regime. It was that pressure she mounted on apartheid regime sent it crumbing.
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0 #2 Kelly 2019-04-17 08:20
“Trouble for Nyanzi started on September 16, 2018, the DAY ON WHICH MUSEVENI CELEBRATED HIS 74TH BIRTHDAY”.

Other than the main body of the story to me this sentence stands out the most. Observer you are being cynical indeed.
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0 #3 Akot 2019-04-17 20:44
If this was a real court of justice in a real country that has real 'laws/justice, it would have released Dr Nyanzi a long time ago with apology!

This is a great Ugandan woman we must all be so proud of as she stands up to defend not only her principles, but the dignity of Ugandans!

Why are Ugandans helping museveni destroy, humiliate, confine in prison, enslave one another?

Uganda court is enemy of justice; it encourages, promots injustice against Ugandans thus ensuring Museveni rules till he drops dead of old age!

With tribal leaders unconcerned about 'people power through UNITY, parliament/court...controlled by Museveni, only death of the demon will bring Ugandans to reality; the divisive tribalistic system will stand but without National leadership, while tribal leaders will be waiting for their remuneration from an empty chair!
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0 #4 Kirya 2019-04-17 22:44
Happy birthday m7
A self imposed dictator a thief a thug
A man who is hated by most Ugandans.
Nyanzi is a drop .

I hate u m7 because u are useless like a used toilet paper. U buy bribe a corrupt the weak souls.
I wish the hell opens fast enough for you.
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