Dr Stella Nyanzi was on Friday arrested from Wandegeya police station as she sought police protection for her protest march against Makerere Institute for Social Research for failing to reinstate her back in office.
Known for her vulgar language, Dr Stella Nyanzi was driven to Special Investigations Division headquarters at Kireka on allegations that she abused President Museveni and his deceased mother.
It is alleged that Dr Nyanzi abused President Museveni and his deceased mother on September 16 on her Facebook page.
Nyanzi was suspended indefinitely from Makerere on March 31, 2017 by vice chancellor Prof John Ddumba-Ssentamu on the orders of the appointments board chairman Bruce Balaba Kabaasa for attacking the First Lady and Education minister Janet Museveni on Facebook over ‘incompetence to run the ministry.’
But a staff appeals tribunal that sat last month ordered Makerere to immediately reinstate Nyanzi, saying her suspension was both illegal and unlawful. Dr Nyanzi had apparently organized a protest walk to Makerere from Wandegeya police station to protest against the university’s refusal to reinstate her back in office.
The spokesperson of the Criminal Investigation Directorate (CID) Vincent Sekate told the media that Nyanzi was arrested over her recent Facebook posts in which she attacked President Yoweri Museveni and his late mother.
Sekate said all along police has been looking for Nyanzi to make a statement about the Facebook posts that she made September 16, 2018, a day after Museveni’s 74th birthday.
The post was crafted in vulgarity and seemingly targeted at the president’s late mother Esteri Kokundeka. She followed the September 16 post with two others on September 18 and September 19.
In the posts, Nyanzi called on the dead Esteri to come take her son away because he’s torturing and murdering Ugandans and looting the country’s resources. She also attacked Esteri for raising and looking away as her son continues to cause suffering to Ugandans.
SP Ssekatte says Nyanzi committed the offence of cyber harassment and offensive communication.
This is the second time police are arresting Dr Nyanzi on allegations of abusing President Museveni and his family.
In April, 2017, Dr Nyanzi was arrested and charged with two counts including cyber harassment contrary to section 24 (1)(2)(a) of the Computer Misuse Act 2011 and offensive communication contrary to section 25 of the Computer Misuse Act 2011.