Dr Stella Nyanzi was yesterday left stranded as the people she had mentioned as her defence witnesses refused to show up in court. This is the second time her witnesses have refused to come to her aid. Stella was left perplexed as Prof Ronald Kakungulu Mayambala of Makerere University School of Law and Mr Mustapha B. Mugisa, a member of the Institute of Forensics and ICT Security refused to show up in court in a case where she is accused of harassing the President.
Through her lawyer, Mr Isaac Ssemakadde, Stella Nyanzi requested court to issue warrants of arrest to two of her other defence witnesses who are; Prof Ronald Kakungulu Mayambala of Makerere University School of Law and Mr Mustapha B. Mugisa, a member of the Institute of Forensics and ICT Security. However this plea was rejected by the magistrate saying that there is no justification to have the witnesses arrested.
Nyanzi also asked court to order the Director of Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) AIGP Grace Akullo, to appear in court to respond to questions that will be put to her as a defence witness.
“Your honour, AIGP Akullo is our star defence witness, our whole case is pegged around her. On July 5, our clerk effected service of court summons to those three people. That is a classic example of diligence, so condemnation that defence is delaying to bring witnesses should not surface,” Mr Ssemakadde said.
Mr Ssemakadde urged that it was impractical for the three witnesses to fail to report court without giving any excuses.
Mr. Ssemakadde also informed court that they had not yet summoned other witnesses because of resource constraints as their clerk is facilitated by Centre for Legal Aid. In total, Nyanzi had lined up 19 witnesses. The Magistrate, Ms Gladys Kamasanyu opted to issue summons to all the 19 defence witnesses before adjourning the matter to July 11.