Dr Stella Nyanzi granted bail
Nyanzi's five sureties were instructed to sign a non-cash bond of sh10m. ...
Dr Stella Nyanzi being helped into a vehicle after securing bail. PHOTO/Meddie Musisi
BUGANDA ROAD COURT
KAMPALA - Makerere University researcher Dr Stella Nyanzi was granted a sh10m non-cash bail by Buganda Road Court Wednesday.
She is expected to return to court in two weeks' time.
Nyanzi's five sureties were also instructed to sign a non-cash bond of sh10m. They will have to ensure that she reports back to court on May 25.
The 42-year-old was charged on April 10, 2017 under section 24, and 25 of the Computer Misuse Act, 2011.
It is alleged that on January 28, 2017 she used a computer to post on her Facebook page "Stella Nyanzi" and made a suggestion against President Yoweri Museveni which is obscene or indecent under the law.
On Wednesday, Nyanzi showed up at court for her bail application hearing cutting a feeble figure. Seemingly unable to support herself, she was seen being helped out of a prisons' vehicle by female warders and led inside a full courtroom.
Nyanzi's case has attracted both local and international media attention, as seen here on Wednesday
Prosecution further alleges that between January and March 2017 in Kampala district, Nyanzi willfully and repeatedly used electronic communication to post offensive messages via her Facebook account, transmitted over the internet to disturb the peace or right of privacy of the President with no purpose of legitimate communication.
Recently, High Court Judge Elizabeth Kabanda, forwarded the case to Buganda Road Chief Magistrate's Court, saying it has powers to hear the application under the Mental Treatment Act (MTA).
Nyanzi through her lawyers led by Isaac Ssemakadde petitioned High Court, seeking to halt court proceedings under the MTA.
Buganda Road Court resident state attorney, Jonathan Muwaganya, had filed an application seeking Nyanzi's mental status be evaluated before hearing of the case kicks off.
Nyanzi also wanted court to declare that refusal by the said court to hear her bail application after taking plea was illegal.
Her lawyers therefore wanted court to strike out the application and have Nyanzi released on bail, pending hearing of her case.