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Read My Charges In Luganda – Stella Nyanzi Tasks Court Clerk, Remanded To Luzira Till Friday For Abusing Museveni And His Late Mother

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Stella Nyanzi in court today

There was drama in court today when Makerere University research fellow, Stella Nyanzi was brought to court over cyber offences.

This afternoon in court, the Makerere University Researcher appeared for formal charging on offenses relating to attacking the privacy of President M7 and his late mother, Esteri Kokundeka.

Nyanzi  was brought to court in a salon police car and was led by security personel into court through the rare exit gate.

When the charges were being read to her, Nyanzi tasked the Court clerk to read the charges in her mother tongue (Luganda), she repeatedly  kept on reminding him to mention the exact words she used  to refer to certain body parts  in her native tongue.

Nyanzi was charged with 2 counts of cyber harassment and offensive communication. Prosecution said that she had an intention of disturbing the peace of President Museveni and posted obscene messages on her official Facebook page while attacking the privacy of the  President and that of his late mother, Esteri Kokundeka.

Prosecution states that Nyanzi committed the offenses on the 16th September 2018 through an ironic birthday congratulatory message she   dedicated to the president. She was however not allowed to plead to the charges because grade one magistrate Esther Nahilya had no powers  to entertain her charges .

Magistrate Nahilya remanded Nyanzi to Luzira prison until Friday this week when she will be brought back before  trial magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu for purposes of taking plea.

Nyanzi was arrested on Friday Last week from Wandegeya police station where she had gone to seek permission from security to organise a peaceful demonstration against Makerere University’s refusal to re-instate her as a researcher following a 2 year suspension due to alleged misconduct .

This is not the first time Dr. Stellah Nyanzi is charged before court on offenses relating to attacking the person and privacy of President Museveni .

It’s should be remembered that in 2016 , she was charged before Buganda Road court on similar offenses and remanded for a month at Luzira prison but was  cautioned not to post  further offensive messages to the first family until the final disposal of the case.

However, this case has since been stayed awaiting  the Constitutional Court to  determine a Petition she filed challenging the compulsory subjecting of all  criminal suspects to a mental examination procedure before trial.

In a related development, Dr. Nyanzi has also dragged Makerere University to High Court Civil division for refusing to re-in state and promote her as a senior researcher.

In her plaint drawn by her lawyers of Centre for Legal Aid, Nyanzi said that on two occasions, the University’s staff tribunal has lifted her suspension and ordered that she be re-instated, promoted and paid her accumulated emoluments; something she claims the University has ignored .

Nyanzi says she needs her job back because she has to take care of her three kids and also pay her legal representatives.

 

By Remmy Atugonza

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Police Kills 3 Armed Robbers Who Tried to Rob Businessman On Gunpoint

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The car that the robbers were using

Police Flying Squad Unit in Jinja have killed three armed robbers that attempted to rob a businessman at Masese, Jinja municipality.
According to Dina Nandauwula, the PRO Kira Region, the robbers were traveling in a premio Reg. No. UAP 449S and armed with AK 47 assault rifle.
The AK 47 rifle and the Toyota premio have been recovered and the assailants’ bodies have been taken to Jinja Hospital mortuary.
Only one of the deceased has been identified as Lukwago, others are yet to be identified.

Additional reporting from Uganda Police

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Aruu County MP Survives Death By A Whisker In A Nasty Accident

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Hon. Odonga Otto

Aruu County MP Hon. Odonga Otto was this morning involved in a motor accident along Kampala-Gulu highway and Katuugo area, the Grapevine has learnt.

 

Hon. Odonga Otto’s Prado  registration number UBA 832S knocked a trailer registration UAV 837 J and UAD 991Q which hat over turned on the high way. Police quickly rushed at the scene and the legislator was transferred to Bishop ceaser Asili hospital in Luwseero for medical treatment  ahead of plans to air lift to kampala for X- Ray examination await.

 

This is another accident of a legislator  reported along this route after that of Lubaga south MP Hon. Kato Lubwama with other survived as they came from Hon. Kyagulanyi SSentamu Robert alias Bobiwine’s bail hearing in Gulu along the same route on the 26th August 2018

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Kapchorwa Bus Death Toll rises To 21

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Residents stare at the wreckage of the minibus.

Two more people have died from wounds as a result of Yesterday’s bus accident in Kapchorwa District in eastern Uganda which claimed 19  bringing the death toll to 21.

“The death toll has increased to 21 from 19. The two victims who were rushed to Mbale hospital died this morning,” police tweeted on Wednesday.

The accident happened at about 6pm Tuesday, a loud bang, splintering glasses and a strange whirring of a vehicle engine sent echoes across Towei hill in Kongowo Village, Kongowo Parish in Kapsinda Sub-county in Kapchorwa District.
The residents knew something tragic had befallen them again. True to their fears, some 19 lives had been lost in the accident after the bus they were travelling in rolled over four times on the Kapchorwa-Mbale highway.

The 200-metre steep slope, an infamous black spot, lies only a kilometre away from Sipi Falls.
At the scene, a mangled minibus lay in the middle of the tarmac, blocking traffic on either side of the road. Bodies of some of the victims were picked from the drainage as police and residents cut through the bus wreckage to retrieve some people trapped in what remained of the bus.

The bus belonging to Kiryandongo Technical Institute was carrying staff members of National Cooperative Business Association, a non-governmental organisation supported by the United States of America, operating in Masindi and Kiryandongo districts.
Police said the bus was heading to Mbale Town from the popular Sipi Falls, where the occupants had gone for tour.

The Sipi region police spokesperson, Mr Rogers Taitika, said although they were still investigating the incident, preliminary findings indicated the driver lost control of the bus due to brake failure.
“The bus was carrying 25 staff. Twenty have been confirmed dead so far but we are still counting,” he said, adding that the travellers had gone to tour the spectacular Sipi Falls after the end of their three-day workshop at Wash and Wills Hotel in Mbale

Mr John Masanga, a witness, said the driver of the minibus was not speeding when the accident occurred.

“The driver tried to negotiate the corner but failed,” Mr Masanga said.
Mr Taitika said the injured were admitted to Kapchorwa Hospital and Muyembe Health Centre 1V in critical condition.
He said the identities of the deceased had not yet been established. However, a witness, Milton Erimia, said two tour guides – both residents of Kapchorwa – Rajab, 17, and Mande, 23, had also perished in the accident.

A business card that a witness, only identified as Yoxy, picked from the accident scene was of Moses Nyipir. It showed that he worked as a youth entrepreneurship adviser, Kiryandongo, for the National Cooperative Business Association.

The bodies of the deceased were taken to Kapchorwa and Bulambuli mortuaries.
Police and a section of residents yesterday said many drivers who are not familiar with the hilly and treacherous terrain of Kapchorwa find difficulty.

By Remmy Atugonza

 

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