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No fly list: Stella Nyanzi awarded Shs 50m by High court

Stella Nyanzi and her lawyer Isaac Ssemakadde

Stella Nyanzi and her lawyer Isaac Ssemakadde

The High court has awarded Shs 50 million to jailed Makerere University researcher Dr Stella Nyanzi for the violation of her rights by the government when it blocked her from boarding the plane in 2017. Nyanzi is currently serving an 18-month jail term in Luzira after being sentenced in August this year on controversial charges of harassing the person of the president.  

The Shs 50m award stems from an application challenging the infringement of her fundamental human right when the government secretly placed her name on a “no-fly list” and confiscated her passport. 

Nyanzi was blocked from leaving the country on March 19, 2017, to attend a scholarly conference in Amsterdam. By the time of the action, Nyanzi had already checked in at Entebbe International airport, but she could not get clearance from the immigration desk.

During the time police said it was investigating a possible case of offensive communication and cyber harassment against Nyanzi and she was required to assist police investigations, according to a letter from the Makerere University vice chancellor.

In a subsequent complaint to Joseph Obwona, the deputy director of the Criminal Investigations Department, Nyanzi indicated that her passport and boarding passes had been confiscated making her unable to travel. She demanded in vain to be removed from the no-fly list prompting her to run to court for redress.

In her application, Nyanzi sought special damages for the infringement on her rights, lost transport, visa fees, air ticket and hotel booking. In a judgment delivered on Monday, Lady Justice Henrietta Wolayo found the state in breach of Article 24 of the Constitution, which provides for respect to human dignity and protection from inhumane treatment.  She added that the act of preventing Nyanzi from travelling was an unnecessary interference with her right to enter and leave the country at will. 

She added that the decision to block Nyanzi was meant to embarrass her because she was eventually cleared to travel, although it was too late for her to catch the flight. She issued orders restraining the government from preventing Nyanzi from leaving the country or embarrassing her at a port of entry or departure.  

Wolayo however, declined to grant the applicant special damages on transport, visa fees, air ticket and hotel booking since her lawyers from the Centre for Legal Aid dropped the prayers during the hearing. 

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0 #1 Akot 2019-12-17 19:44
So, the next inteligent/decent/just action for court to do now is; FREE Dr S. Nyanzi from prison for "harassing the person of the president".

If Dr Nyanzi reamins in prison, then this is so senseless as it only reaffirms that court/justice does what it takes to please Museveni, the Ugandan god!

Museveni will be wishing Ugandans Merry Christmas & Happy New year for the 33 or is it 34 year, the people are at peace, there is no opposition to the chief tribal leader, so why is Dr Nyanzi still in prison when she is not a danger to Museveni?

Court should now know that no Ugandan will ever mock Museveni as it has ensured this by imprisoning Dr Nyanzi!

So, why is Dr Nyanzi still in prison?

Ugandans are tribalistically divided & ruled, thus POWERLESS with no chance of any of them replacing Museveni, yet court keeps Dr Nyanzi inprison to ensure no one ever mocks Museveni!
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+1 #2 rubangakene 2019-12-17 22:00
What a "charitable act", now the 'professor' should use this small allowance wisely, probably to buy a needle and threads to darn her 'smalls'.

You see what this country can do to you, destroy you slowly.
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0 #3 Kirya 2019-12-17 23:34
m7 and his family of looters and killers should be on a no fly list.

Please do not give them visas. Let them live in the mess they created.
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+2 #4 Lysol 2019-12-18 00:37
You will always lose if you mess up with a strong lady like Stella or any other good lady.

A real man does respect women, just like they do to their mothers or sisters.
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0 #5 Lakwena 2019-12-18 08:58
In other words, Mr. M7 abuses his power and office at will, unfortunately it is Ugandans to pick and pay the court bills penalties.

How e.g. can a 75 year old man use the police, the immigration and lock up to destroy a single mother, whose daughters; without the good Samaritans and relatives would be languishing in destitution.

The guy thinks the lives and liberty of the people of Uganda depend on him and family. WRONG because, there will be a day to recon with.
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0 #6 Wainanchi 2019-12-18 09:36
Offensive language and insults against the Head of State are punishable in any civilized country.

In Uganda politicians are playing games and influencing judges to rule nonsense verdicts.

I hope there will be a follow up complaint form the Head of State for offensive and insult language and Stella Nyanzi will have to answer for that.Lets wait and see>>
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0 #7 Lakwena 2019-12-18 11:06
Quoting Wainanchi:
Offensive language and insults against the Head of State are punishable in any civilized country.

In Uganda politicians are playing games and influencing judges to rule nonsense verdicts.

I hope there will be a follow up complaint form the Head of State for offensive and insult language and Stella Nyanzi will have to answer for that.Lets wait and see>>


But Wainainchi, haven't you heard Mr. M7 insult someone telling him to go and eat his "mother's something, something".

In other words, stop worshiping the Devil. If Mr. M7 insults other why does he think he should not be insulted.
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0 #8 kabayekka 2019-12-18 19:12
One wonders how long it is going to take for this prisoner to receive her money. One hopes her lawyers will have to work hard again to get the tax payer's money from such a disrespective government.
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