We continue to bring you updates on the Stella Nyanzi ruling going on this evening at Buganda Road Court:

The Prosecutor argued that “Freedom of speech is not absolute. This right does not confer on the citizens the right to speak irresponsibly.” Prosecution uses UN ICCPR to say freedom of speech is limited by “the need to respect the rights & reputations of others” and to respect public security and morals

“It is the submission of the prosecution that the offense committed by the convict is not one of freedom of expression but one of gross abuse and misuse of freedom of expression…and in this case, respect of the diseased mother of the president and the fountain of honor himself”

Given an opportunity to speak before her sentencing, Dr. Stella Nyanzi has made an impassioned speech saying the following;

“My children deserve much better for women of Uganda. I refuse to be silent in the face of oppression. I will sacrifice motherhood to whatever alter I have to sacrifice motherhood to, if i can speak to a dictator in any language, even the language of vaginas”

“Let my children be motherless if it means I can speak truth to power” she added, to cheers from the gallery

“Find mE guilty of offending Yoweri Museveni because that is what Ugandan mothers should do. We are tired of dictatorship” She then burst into a chant of “viva opposition”

“I would like to embolden young people…our youth must learn to use their voices.” “the internet must be protected, the public media has been silenced”

“If I have committed a crime, send me to a prison that takes care of women’s needs. Can something be done about the blocked toilets & the UTIs at Luzira prison? We have a sick bay with no doctors”

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