DR STELLA NYANZI, LAWYER SSEMAKADDE AWARDED DAYS AFTER FLOORING MUSEVENI, KAMASANYU IN COURT
By Mulengera Reporter
After he victory in last week’s ruling in the Crimes Division of the High Court sitting at Kololo in Kampala, controversial academic Dr Stella Nyanzi on Monday headed to Buganda road Court to show solidarity with six opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) members charged with throwing mineral water bottles at Grade One Magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu months ago.
It was Kamasanyu who had convicted Nyanzi of cyber harassment and sentenced her to 18 months in jail. But on Thursday, Justice Peter Adonyo acquitted Nyanzi.
While delivering her judgement in August 2019, Kamasanyu suffered the wrath of Nyanzi’s supporters who threw bottles at her.
Court is now trying FDC members Simon Wanyera, Abdalla Waswa, Augustine Ojobile, Fatuma Zaina Abalinabyo, Moses Katumbaand Joel Kabali.
Months ago, the six had been charged with incitement to violence and malicious damage of property because they had willfully and unlawfully damaged Buganda Road Court’s walkthrough detector machine.
According to prosecution, the six and others still at large had incited court audience to do an act of violence against Kamasanyu.
Today, Grade One Magistrate Stella Amabirisi added two more charges against the six. These are contempt of court and common assault by interrupting judicial proceedings, throwing insults and a mineral water bottle at Kamasanyu.
Away from that, the Jobless Brotherhood awarded Nyanzi and her lawyer Ssemakadde for their activism.
While at Buganda Road for the hearing of the case of the ‘bottle throwers’, the group awarded Nyanzi with the award of being “A Woman Among Women”, for being “the voice of the voiceless and a woman who fights injustice at all costs.”
She was also presented with rose flowers to symbolize their belief that there were roses from Nyanzi’s mouth (as opposed to the title of her poetry collection ‘No Roses from My Mouth’).
But Jobless Brotherhood spokesperson Habib Buwembo was pleased that those “oppressing Ugandans” were getting no roses from Nyanzi’s mouth.
Dr Nyanzi appreciated the group for the award but requested the brotherhood to open up a sisterhood that would include people like her who are “educated but have been made Jobless.”
She promised to continue opposing President Yoweri Museveni’s Government.
For Ssemakadde, the brotherhood praised the outspoken youthful lawyer for standing with activists and human rights defenders to fight judicial injustice through various ways such as offering pro bono services.