Stella Nyanzi, the Ugandan accused of insulting the president

Stella Nyanzi, the Ugandan accused of insulting the president

Stella Nyanzi, the Ugandan accused of insulting the president

Her prosecution violates Uganda's obligations regarding the right to freedom of expression under the country's Constitution, as well as regional and worldwide human rights law.

On Facebook recently, Nyanzi rebuked First Lady Janet Museveni, who also serves as education minister, for saying the government had no money to buy sanitary towels for poor schoolgirls.

Dr Nyanzi, who was arrested on 7th April and detained at Kira Divisional Police headquarters, was on Monday morning driven to Buganda Road Magistrate's court where she was charged.

Court has declined to hear Dr.Stella Nyanzi's bail application until after disposing the state's application demanding a mental check of the academic.

The dispute began in connection with her project to provide sanitary pads for needy girls, a project that the government has not supported.

Nyanzi appeared in a court in Kampala on Monday, where she was charged with making a remark that was "obscene or indecent".

"Arresting Nyanzi simply for criticising the President and his wife serves no legitimate goal".

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Amnesty International urged Ugandan authorities to free Nyanzi, a single mother of three.

Unexpectedly, there was no mention in the official charges of the insults she aimed at First Lady Janet Museveni. If the Musevenis bought less bullets and tear-gas but more medicines for our public health, my father would be living today.

The project was seen as a way to incentivize the education of girls, as studies have documented numerous cases of girls in Uganda who drop out of school due to shame if they can not afford sanitary pads during their menstruation cycle.

Dr Nyanzi also organized a public fundraising drive to buy sanitary towels for girls in school, which has collected thousands of dollars and gained widespread publicity among Ugandans at home and overseas.

Dr. Nyanzi and the rest of the world now discover that Gen. Museveni who has exercised absolute power for 31 years has also reserved the use of "vulgarity" only for himself in Uganda.

THE Ugandan government is under pressure to release a staunch critic of President Yoweri Museveni and the First Lady for failure to provide sanitary pads to schoolgirls.

The latest example of harassment against a member of the the press was the abduction of Gertrude Tumusiime Uwitware on April 8, a journalist for Uganda's NTV station, who was allegedly kidnapped and interrogated after defending Nyanzi in a Facebook post.

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