Buganda road chief court Magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu on Friday sentenced former Makerere University Research fellow Dr Stella Nyanzi to 18 months in prison after being convicted of cyber harassment in connection to harassing President Museveni and insulting his late mother.
Nyanzi, was arrested on 2 November after posting a poem on Facebook that the state deemed abusive towards Museveni and his late mother.The poem, posted on 16 September, the day after Museveni’s 74th birthday, suggested the president should have died at birth and accused him of corroding “all morality and professionalism out of our public institutions in Uganda”.
The mother of three, was not physically in court as the session was conducted via video conferencing. However, the session turned disorderly when she started undressing on the camera and insulting the trial magistrate.
Nyanzi pulled off her blouse and bra, describing the Magistrate as a coward who feared her presence in caught.
the women’s rights activist and staunch government critic who once called president Museveni “a pair of buttocks”, was sentenced in absentia after the warders whisked her away from the camera. While sentencing Dr Nyanzi, the magistrate held that a 18-month jail term would be sufficient for her, but since she has already spent nine month on remand, she will now be in Luzira prison for the next nine months.
She also noted that a fine will not occasion any impact on the unremorseful convict who posted a vulgar poem attacking the person of the president The sentence triggered Nyanzi’s sympathizers in the court room to turn rowdy, insulting the magistrate and throwing water bottles to her.
Asked if she wanted to address the court in an attempt to reduce her sentence, Nyanzi replied: “Send me to Luzira . I am proud [of what] I told a dirty, delinquent dictator.”
She added: “I want to embolden the young people … I want them to use their voices and speak whatever words they want to speak.”
Earlier on Thursday morning, Nyanzi had posted another poem on Facebook, declaring she “didn’t come to your court for justice”.
“I came to continue poking the leopard’s anus,” the 44 year old wrote.
“Leopard” is a nickname given to Museveni after he used similar language to deal with people who attacked his supporters.