Magistrate fails to turn up for Dr Stella Nyanzi’s case

Hearing of the case in which Dr Stella Nyanzi is charged with cyber harassment and offensive communication has been adjourned to March 20th.

The Grade one Magistrate Robert Mukanza adjourned the case after trial Magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu failed to turn up for the case. Court was told that she was unwell.

The decision was made after the State Prosecutor Janet Kitimbo told Court that they are not ready to proceed in the absence of the trial Magistrate.

Nyanzi allegedly posted on her Facebook page a derogatory birthday poem attacking the late Esteri Kokundeka who was a mother to President Yoweri Museveni.

She has been on remand in Luzira Prison since November 2018.

Last month, Kamasanyu dismissed her application in which she was protesting trial arguing that the charges against her were badly written in a manner that contravenes the Computer Misuse Act.

She argued that they were not precisely written such that as an accused she would get to know her exact offence.

But Kamasanyu dismissed the application and ordered Nyanzi to face trial arguing that the charges against her were properly written in as far the law is concerned.

Nyanzi has since refused to apply for bail because she says bail without complete trial is an illusion of freedom.