High Court Quashes Dr. Stella Nyanzi's Conviction
High Court has quashed the conviction and 18 month’s sentence that was handed to Dr. Stella Nyanzi by Buganda Road Magistrate’s Court for cyber harassment, saying the lower court had no jurisdiction to entertain the matter.
Justice Henry Peter Adonyo made the ruling this morning and ordered for the immediate release of the former Makerere University Research Fellow unless she has other pending charges.
Justice Adonyo also noted that the lower court violated Dr. Nyanzi’s constitutional right to a fair hearing.
The charges stemmed from a poem Dr. Nyanzi published on her Facebook page on September 16, 2016, a day after President Museveni’s 74th birthday
The poem ridiculed Esteeri Kokundeka, the late mother of president Museveni.
Justice Henry Peter Adonyo faulted the lower court for proceeding to handle a case in which it lacked authority to scientifically prove the the exact location and gadget used by Stellah Nyanzi to post the contentious post on face book.