High court has today quashed the conviction of the jailed Makerere academician, Dr. Stella Nyanzi.
In a ruling delivered by the high court judge, Henry Peter Adonyo it has been established that the lower court did not have the jurisdiction to hear the case. The justice also ruled that Dr. Stella was never granted a fair hearing as most of her witnesses were not allowed to appear in court. The timeframe granted to Stella was not convenient for her to produce her witnesses in the specified time which proved that Magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu could have bore some bias on the accused.
After Stella’s release, she was dramatically rearrested in a chaotic manner that prompted her to faint. Eventually, her supporters battled with the arresting prisons service officers who wanted to drive her back to Luzira for clearance. Live bullets were fired to disperse her rowdy supporters who overwhelmingly opposed her rearrest.
She was driven away at breakneck speed in a state vehicle registration number, UG 0172U. At the Luzira men’s prisons, a barricade of armed prisons forces backed by the Uganda People’s Defence Forces intercepted vehicles that were following Dr. Stella’s solitary van. Student activists, Obed Derrick, Musiri David, Bwambale Frank, Kateregga Julius and Siperia Mollie were all in pursuit of Stella’s freedom.
Currently, her release process is underway with clearance being worked upon. Counsel Isaac Ssemakadde condemned the violation of justice exhibited by the prisons service. ‘Even when Dr. Stella has been freed by the highest temple of justice, her freedom us being maimed,’ he told the press.