Stella Nyanzi Mental Case Declined
Court suspends hearing of application for Stella Nyanzi Mental Check until Constitutional Court rules on application challenging same
-Chief Magistrate James Eremye Mawanda has suspended the hearing of application until Constitutional Court rules on Nyanzi’s application which challenges the same.
-Chief Magistrate also declined the state request for cancellation of Nyanzi’s bail after prosecutors claimed she defied the subjudice rule by attacking Resident State Attorney, Jonathan Muwaganya.
-The Court was adjourned to 21st July.
Stella Nyazi had this to say before her hearing today Tuesday 20th
“Driving to Buganda Road Magistrates’ Court this morning, I am quite pensive. The magistrate is going to pronounce himself on two issues – forcing me to undergo a mental test, and cancelling my bail because of subjudice claims. That these two issues exist in our Ugandan courts today, highlights how stone age our jurisprudence still is. Our justice and legal experts should return to wearing animal skins around their loins, and bongo bones through their noses! How repressively archaic!
Firstly, the magistrate is going to either agree or disagree with my request to him to halt the processes of the Ugandan state involuntarily testing my head for soundness of mind according to the Mental Treatnent Act. Contrary to media reports, there are two options: either to stay the mental test but proceed to the criminal case in which I am charged with cyber harassment of the president and offensive communication, or else to stay both the mental test and the hearing of the criminal case.
Secondly, the magistrate is going to decide about the State Prosecutor’s complaint about one of my recent Facebook posts in which I criticised tardiness and wastage of time through not reading crucial documents. He claimed my post was derogatory of him, and that it broke the subjudice rule – a supposed condition of my bail. He thus asked the magistrate to either cancel my bail or else to rebuke me severely.
My sanity and my freedom are being judged by an insanely dictatorial state. Aw Lawd!!! Sigh..”
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