Makerere University Research fellow Dr. Stella Nyanzi has today asked court to summon President Museveni as one of the witnesses that need to be examined for her defence in the case she is accused of cyber harassment and offensive communication toward President Museveni and insulting his later mother Esteri.
Through her lawyer, Mr. Isaac Ssemakadde noted that the reason for summoning President Museveni is that there is material evidence for the most part of an expert nature to be given by him in her case.
According to Article 98(4) of the Constitution of Uganda, the president shall not be liable to any proceedings in any court while still in office, so he needs witness summons for him to formerly apply for leave of absence from his duty station.
“The first witness I need to be summoned is his Excellency the President of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the allegedly son of Esteri and clearly on the face of the charge sheet and in the evidence so far received, the complaint in the matter,” Mr Ssemakadde submitted.
“…defence is at liberty to call upon any witness that would have been called by the prosecution and left out,” he said.
However in this particular case, Dr. Stella will also need that 19 other people be summoned to appear as defence witnesses to ensure her acquittal.
Others include; Ms Grace Akullo (Police Criminal Investigations Director), Prof Ronald Kakungulu Mayambala of Makerere University (Mak) School of law, Eng Frank Kitumba the head of Directorate ICT Support at Mak, Mr Mustapha B. Mugisa a member of the Institute of Forensics and ICT Security, Dr. Dason Sylvester Kahyan and Dr. James Ocita both in the Department of Literature at Makerere, Dr. Suzan Kiguli a distinguished African poet, Prof. Abasi Kiyimba, Prof .Sylvia Tamale Coordinator of the Gender Law and Research Project at Mak, Prof Fredrick Jjuuko a distinguished Scholar in Media Law and Political Studies, Mr Allan Tacca a columnist in the Daily Monitor, Ms. Mildred Apenyo, Omumbejja Salome Nakaweesi from Buganda, Bishop Zac Niringiye and Rev Fr. Gaetano Batanyenda among others.
Ssemakadde further informed court that as defence, they cannot reveal the entire strategy their client intends to use in her defence and at this stage of the trial, his client has a right to choose to remain silent and her reaction will depend on how sufficient the defence witnesses testify.