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Stella Nyanzi protests court's orders on witnesses

Dr Stella Nyanzi

Dr Stella Nyanzi

Incarcerated Makerere University researcher, Dr Stella Nyanzi has protested against the court’s order of summoning her 19 witnesses to appear and testify within just two days.  

The witnesses are supposed to defend Nyanzi in the offensive communication and cyber harassment case brought against her by the state. Nyanzi, who has been on remand since November 2018, is accused of publishing a loutish poem on her Facebook page, in which, she allegedly attacked and disturbed the peace of President Yoweri Musevebni and his late mother Esteri Kokundeka. 

Through her lawyer, Isaac Semakadde, Nyanzi had asked court to adjust the dates when the witnesses would appear. This is on grounds that when court presided by Buganda Road Grade One magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu issued summons for the defence witnesses to appear on Wednesday in court, the lawyers failed to trace them.

The witnesses are: Prof Sylvia Tamale, Dr Susan Kiguli, Criminal Investigations director Grace Akullo, Dr Ronald Kakungulu Mayambala, Eng Frank Kitumba, Mustapha Mugisha, Dr Sylvester Kahyana, Dr James Ociti, Dr Susan Kiguli, and Prof Abas Kiyimba the coordinator of gender, law and sexuality at Makerere University.

Others are; Prof Fredrick Jjuuko, Allan Tacca, Solome Nakaweesi, Bishop Zac David Niringiye, Father Gaetano Batanyenda and Mildred Apenyo, a daughter to prosecution witness Charles Dalton Opwonya.

Semakadde told court that they approached some of the witnesses but they told them the summons had come at a short notice and needed more time to prepare. However, Kamasanyu has insisted and ordered that all the defence witnesses appear within two days effective July 9.  

This was after state prosecutors Timothy Amerit and Janet Kitimbo asked court to adjourn the matter for the last time. Semakadde says that the magistrate has not been fair to defence team from the start since prosecution spent eight months adducing evidence from only three witnesses.

Semakadde has also faulted the magistrate for issuing summons written in a language that does not communicate legal consequences should the receiver defy.  He noted that the magistrate left the summons open for a witness to choose to appear or not contrary to the required legal procedures.

Comments

+1 #1 Wooden K. 2019-07-04 14:58
HELLO UGANDAAAAA !!

This is one of the reasons why I sometimes question the existence of GOD .

We are told that almost all members ( particularly the women) of the SC First Family are BORN AGAIN christians . One of the actually owns a church in Luzira .

WHY WHY WHY , can`t any of the BORN AGAIN people see that it is UNCHRISTIAN to keep Nyanzi is prison for 8 months just because she insulted one of them ?

Nyanzi is SINGLE MOTHER of two teenage daughers . Of all people , Mrs JANET MUSEVENI should know how children feel when they are separated from their parent.

YES , Nyanzi might have said annoying things . But , really does she deserve to be treated like she killied someone ?
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+1 #2 Wooden K. 2019-07-04 15:14
YOU DAUGHERS of Museveni are mothers too .

In his life , your DAD has done things that annoy other people . How would you feel if he was taken away from you ?

What DO YOU teach your own children ?
What DO YOU preach in your churches ?
What would Jesus do if Nyanzi insulted his Mother Mary ?

Natasha , you are always presented to the nation as the caring one . WHY don`t you TELL YOUR DAD that Stella Nyanzi has been punished enough and should be left to go back to her daughters ?

Remember , life is going to go on . One day , Stella Nnyanzi `s children might be as powerful as your Mum.
Think about what you are sawing....an eye for an eye leaves everyone blind.

Meanwhile , I swear to you that it is IMPOSSIBLE to be CRUEL & UNFORGIVING and be a BORN AGAIN christian at the same time.

SHAME on YOU ALL if you think that what you are doing to Nyanzi and her children is not worse than her nasty tongue
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+1 #3 Remase 2019-07-04 15:40
Fellow Ugandans, it's only in Uganda where the complainant doesn't have to appear in court and explain how Dr. Nyanzi attacked and disturbed the peace of M7 and his late mother Esteri Kokundeka!

The key questions is, how is the court going to determine that M7 and his late mother were attacked and their peace was disturbed?

World over, it's a court procedural rule and/or requirement for the complainant to testify and tell the court how he/she was attacked and his/her peace was disturbed.

Well, what do one expect from a bustard who captured power by means of the gun/violence? Uganda is under a military rule and rule of crooks not rule of law! Fellow Ugandans, we should wrap our heads and minds around one thing, how to get rid of the burstard. Now.
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0 #4 Odongkara 2019-07-04 20:34
Quoting Wooden K.:
YOU DAUGHERS o

What DO YOU teach your own children ?
What DO YOU preach in your churches ?
What would Jesus do if Nyanzi insulted his Mother Mary ?

Natasha , you are always presented to the nation as the caring one . WHY don`t you TELL YOUR DAD that Stella Nyanzi has been punished enough and should be left to go back to her daughters ?

Remember , life is going to go on . One day , Stella Nnyanzi `s children might be as powerful as your Mum.
Think about what you are sawing....an eye for an eye leaves everyone blind.

Meanwhile , I swear to you that it is IMPOSSIBLE to be CRUEL & UNFORGIVING and be a BORN AGAIN christian at the same time.

SHAME on YOU ALL if you think that what you are doing to Nyanzi and her children is not worse than her nasty tongue


These are not truly born again according to the Gospel of Jesus but Kampala Born Again Churches.
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0 #5 WADADA roger 2019-07-04 23:15
Nyanzi should not protest, Museveni's absence is very good for her, how else will court know that the president was upset or annoyed by the face book writings alleged written by Nyanzi.

What is important is that Nyanzi has listed the president as one of the witnesses, if court refuses to summon him, it is okay and i hope they wont impute it on her.

The case will eventually be dismissed for lack of Museveni's vital evidence. What the prosecution has said so far is nothing else but hear say.
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0 #6 Lakwena 2019-07-05 07:43
In other words, all the way from Australia, there is a kangaroo in that court.
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0 #7 Lakwena 2019-07-05 07:54
Quoting Remase:
Fellow Ugandans, it's only in Uganda where the complainant doesn't have to appear in court and explain how Dr. Nyanzi attacked and disturbed the peace of M7 and his late mother Esteri Kokundeka!

The key questions is, how is the court going to determine that M7 and his late mother were attacked and their peace was disturbed? ...


Remase, don't forget that; since Mr. M7 is in State House fighting only for himself and family, he makes sure the public institutions like the Police and the military also fight for him.

In other words, from the lowest to the Supreme Court, the man makes sure there is a henchman/hatchet-man or woman to fight for him.

Eish!
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0 #8 Lakwena 2019-07-05 08:09
Wooden,

Icoo maber?

I have mentioned it here before that: if it is to believe that the First Family members are "Born Gain", I would rather believe and deal with the bafele on William Street.

They worse than the bafele. They are all spiteful.

They are only born again in their mouths, but "dead again" in their actions. They have the name of being alive, but they are in "deeds" dead (dark souls).

In other words even if God asks me to believe them I will denounce Him for takin side with the devil to molest us.
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0 #9 Wooden K. 2019-07-05 13:29
Hello Lakwena , atye mader !

I think you got it .

These people claim to be "born again" but behave like narcissists . The whole damn lot !

" There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed , or hidden that will not be known"
LUKE 12-2

Janet Museveni , thinks she can hide behind her sweet melodies and pretend to be holier than thou ; but it has taken one "crazy- muck -spout Nyanzi to expose that she and her daughters are hypocritically pious . They have no hearts

NO SENSIBLE PERSON can keep an "INSENSIBLE PERSON" jailed for 8 months just because of a mere insult.

SHAME ON YOU !!!!!!!!!
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