Dr. Stellah Nyanzi has appealed to the High Court seeking to quash an 18-months-jail term that was handed to her by Buganda Road court for insulting the person of the President and that of his late mother Esteri Kokundeka. Through her lawyer Isaac Ssemakadde, Nyanzi has listed ten grounds in which she asked the High court to base on to set aside the sentence and set her free.
Among the grounds Nyanzi states that she was handed an illegal and inappropriate sentence by magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu, who she also accuses of bias and failure to correctly evaluate prosecution’s evidence adduced against her.
She faults the magistrate for failing to accord her the necessary facilities to compel the attendance of witnesses, and thereby infringed on her right to a fair hearing thus abusing rules regarding audio-visual proceedings during her sentencing.
Nyanzi further complains of several procedural errors committed by the magistrate when she allowed her prosecution on a charge that was incurably defective, unacceptably vague, bad in law, and barred by law.
Nyanzi was found guilty on 2nd August of cyber harassment for posting a poem on her official face book in September 2018. In the poem, Nyanzi described the genitalia of President Museveni’s mother. The court found her poem vulgar and immoral in line to the accepted African cultural standards.
During her sentencing, Stella Nyanzi protested against being sentenced through video conferencing and unleashed her breasts before the court. Court at Buganda Road also turned rowdy and the magistrate was hit by a water bottle that was thrown by those in court who never agreed with the conduct of the magistrate.