Hearing of Dr. Stella Nyanzi’s case in which she is accused of insulting President Yoweri Kaguta’s mother, Esteri Kokundeka in a Facebook post has been adjourned till 20th march.
Nyanzi a scholar and renowned political activist had appeared for the mention of her case at Buganda Road court only to be reverted back to prison due to the absence of trial magistrate, Gladys Kamasanyu.
Dr. Stella Nyanzi has been in prison since November last year on charges related to cyber harassment and offensive communication.
However, this did not go down well with her close associates. Speaking shortly after the adjournment of the case, Ms. Flavia Kalule Nabagabe a human rights and political activist accused prison authorities of harassing Nyanzi with the aim of breaking her spirit.
Citing a conversation they had, Flavia Kalule Nabagabe, a political and human rights activist says Nyanzi is constantly living in deplorable prison conditions. She says Nyanzi intimated that her confinement area which is heavily packed is littered with lice and bears a pungent odor owing to unemployed fecal buckets.
“In there she talked about the loss of her child which did not treat her well. We spoke about the lack of toilets that are in the women’s prison and she emphasized that we communicate this out here. Because they use buckets, which buckets are ever full and they never empty and this is a dormitory which has over 50 prisoners. They have a lot of lice, and no one bothers to address these critical health issues”, Kalule narrates.
However, she says that Stella’s continued incarceration is a conspicuous attempt by government to silence women activism politically.
“We as young women who are engaged in politics, we activists who want to see the civil rights of our people being upheld and not being violated, which picture are we showing the rest of the young women. Because imagine you are mistreated like that, who is going to be comfortable taking you on as a wife”, Kalule further adds.
Mohammed Segirinya the Kawempe lord councilor likening Nyanzi to fallen anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madkizela Mandela and Benazir Bhutto Pakistani’s slain political activist, implored all especially women to stand up to “this injustice that is targeted to silence dissenting voices.”