Crime & Investigation

Detectives to Quiz Stella Nyanzi for Abusing Museveni

Embattled Makerere University don Stella Nyanzi will today Tuesday face detectives to explain why she has been disparaging President Museveni on social media.

Contrary to earlier reports that detectives would focus on Nyanzi’s Facebook post in which she hurled insults at First Lady Janet Museveni, cure police officials told ChimpReports the controversial researcher will explain a string of abusive comments targeting Museveni.

“She will have to tell us why she describes the Head of State, a Fountain of Honour as a bum,” said one of the detectives handling the case.

“Her response will help our investigations in this case.”

Nyanzi was last week summoned to the CIID for interrogation in regard to offensive communication and cyber harassment.

Kampala Police spokesperson Emilian Kayima said Nyanzi would be questioned on some of the inflammatory posts she has been posting on her widely followed Facebook page, “most of which are about portraying some people in bad light.”

Kayima said some of these posts could boil down to charges like sedition or criminal libel, adding that police for now wanted to “give her an ear.”

Nyanzi recently posted on her Facebook wall: “So what if I called Museveni amatako (bum)? So what? The man is busy shitting all over Uganda and you want me to tenderly kiss the buttocks that he has proved himself to be!”


She added: “Dimwits! He shits in our democratic elections. He shits in our governance. He shits in our judiciary. He shits in our economy. He shits in our cultural values. He shits and farts all over our military. He shits in our foreign relations. He is now even publicly shitting in the meaning of the position, roles, duties and posture of the presidency.”

Museveni is yet to comment on the development but his strategists have since expressed discomfort about Nyanzi’s behaviour.

She recently stripped naked at Makerere University to protest against what she described as tyranny of Prof Mahmood Mamdani.

Nyanzi’s actions triggered mixed reactions with feminists rallying behind her.

Most Ugandans frowned upon and condemned her nudity, saying she was a bad role model and disgraceful woman.

Others wondered why Nyanzi was critical of the ruling class but spared her foul language.

Nyanzi is expected at CIID Headquarters in Kibuli, Kampala at 10:00am.

She has since warned of possible drama at the detectives’ central command base.

Section 25 of the Computer Misuse Act prohibits using computers and other electronic devices to issue “offensive communication”.

“Any person who willfully and repeatedly uses electronic communication to disturb or attempts to disturb the peace, quiet or right of privacy of any person with no purpose of legitimate communication whether or not a conversation ensues commits a misdemeanor,” the section reads in part.

A conviction attracts a fine not exceeding Shs 480,000 (US$140), imprisonment not exceeding one year, or both.

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