Ugandan activist charged for calling President Museveni 'a pair of buttocks'
This is not the first time Nyanzi has however brushed shoulders with authority, last month for instance she launched a tirade of abuse against, Ugandan first lady, Janet Museveni who is also the minister of education over sanitary pads.
Controversial activist and academician, Stella Nyanzi was on Monday arraigned in court and charged with cyber harassment in relation to a post she made on face book about the head of state.
Dr. Nyanzi , a research fellow at Uganda's Makerere University, was on Friday arrested by the Police while on her way home and detained at a hotel in the capital, shortly after hosting a fundraising drive to raise money for sanitary pads for schoolgirls.
This is after she posted on facebook and referred to President Yoweri Museveni as "a pair of buttocks", a reference which her official charge sheet has described as "obscene or indecent".
“I totally reject the idea that one cannot, must not, ought not and should not criticise the people responsible for abusing the rights of Ugandans and resources of Uganda through thirty-one years of increasing despotic family rule.” read part of one of her posts.
Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Emilian Kayima confirmed Nyanzi’s arrest and added she will be charged with cyber harassment and offensive communication that all lie in the computer misuse Act of 2011, New Vision reported.
“They arrested her and she will appear in court on Monday” Kayima told journalist.
This is not the first time Nyanzi has however brushed shoulders with authority, last month for instance she launched a tirade of abuse against, Ugandan first lady, Janet Museveni who is also the minister of education over sanitary pads controversy.
“I will not relent. I will not stop telling these murderers who have butchered Ugandans and terrorised Uganda that they are murderers and terrorists. Yes, all the Musevenis and Musevenists are murderers and terrorists. Selah." she went on.
In her popular facebook posts she described Janet as "foolish" and out of touch with the problems of ordinary Ugandans among other colorful lingo, this after Museveni’s administration announced it had no money to honor a campaign pledge it made during last year’s president campaign to provide free sanitary pads for Ugandan school girls who have to miss school whenever they have their period.
In a charge sheet circulated online however there is no mention in the official charges of the insults she aimed at First Lady Janet Museveni.
Abusing the president is a criminal offence however and easier to prosecute if proven.
#FreeStellaNyanzi hashtag has been trending across the country since her arrest, with many Ugandans expressing their support for her and shocked at what they consider to be government intimidation of someone who is speaking out over girls' sexual health.
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