COURT HALTS TRIAL OF MAKERERE UNIVERSITY'S STELLA NYANZI
Buganda Road Court has halted the trial of Makerere University Researcher Dr. Stellah Nyanzi, until such a time that the Constitutional court disposes of her petition challenging the Metal Treatment Act.
This is after presiding Chief Magistrate James Ereemye Mawanda ruled that the outcome of the pending constitutional petition has a direct bearing on the criminal case, and thus the trial cannot commence. Nyanzi is charged with Libel and offensive communication.
Prosecution states that she illegally and repeatedly took on her official Facebook page and posted messages insulting President Museveni, in reference to her infamous pair of buttocks remarks about the President. However prosecution led by Jonathan Muwanganya asked court to first subject Nyanzi to a mental examination to have her mental status ascertained before he can summon witnesses.
Nyanzi has since contested the move to have her sanity ascertained, which is a requirement in criminal trials Nyanzi run to the constitutional court seeking orders to scrap the mandatory mental check-up for suspects, saying it's a humiliating and old fashioned Practice, used during the colonial era. Court has however ordered that Nyanzi should keep reporting to court for the mention of her case, starting on 6th April 2018.