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Dr Nyanzi made another demand that shocked Museveni

by James Ateenyi

Forum for Democratic Change diehard and former Makerere University research fellow Dr Stella Nyanzi has made a fresh demand to the court after being jailed since last year.

Dr Nyanzi while appearing in court on Wednesday asked court to summon President Museveni as one of the key witnesses in her case.

Nyanzi is facing charges of offensive communication against the person of President and altering abusive words to the late president mother. The political activist would like to examine the president for her defence.

Prosecution urged that on September 16, 2018, Dr Nyanzi via her official Facebook page posted what was deemed obscene against the President’s deceased mother.

It is stated that she also repeatedly posted messages to disturb or attempted to disturb the peace, quiet or right to privacy of the President.

Through her lawyer, Isaac Ssemakadde, Nyanzi said the reason for summoning Museveni is that there is material evidence for the most part of an expert nature to be given by him in her case.

“The first witness I need to be summoned is his Excellency the President of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the allegedly the son of Esteri and clearly on the face the charge sheet and in the evidence so far received, the complaint in the matter,” Ssemakadde told court.

The her lawyer, Isaac Ssemakadde, Nyanzi said the reason for summoning Museveni is that there is material evidence for the most part of an expert nature to be given by him in her case.

Nyanzi wants witness summons for Museveni to formerly apply for leave of absence from his duty station.

This is contrary to Article 98 (4) of the Constitution of Uganda which states that the president shall not be liable to any proceedings in any court while still in office.

Others she demanded summoned include; Grace Akullo the Police Criminal Investigations Director, Prof Ronald Kakungulu Mayambala of Makerere University (Mak) School of law, Eng Frank Kitumba the head of Directorate ICT Support at Makerere, Mustapha B. Mugisa a member of the Institute of Forensics and ICT Security, Dr Dason Sylvester Kahyan and Dr James Ocita both in the Department of Literature at Makerere.

Others are; Dr Suzan Kiguli a distinguished African poet, Prof Abasi Kiyimba, Prof Sylvia Tamale Coordinator of the Gender Law and Research Project at Makerere, Prof Fredrick Jjuuko a distinguished Scholar in Media Law and Political Studies, Allan Tacca a columnist in the Daily Monitor, Mildred Apenyo, Omumbejja Salome Nakaweesi from Buganda, Bishop Zac Niringiye and Rev Fr Gaetano Batanyenda among others they will brief court later.

The trail magistrate at Buganda Road Court, Gladys Kamasanyu, adjourned the matter to July 1, for a ruling.

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