Detained for labeling president ‘pair of bums’

Dr Stella Nyanzi, a university lecturerFrom HASSAN ONYANGO in Kampala, Uganda
KAMPALA, (CAJ News) – THE Ugandan government is under pressure to release a staunch critic of President Yoweri Museveni and the First Lady for failure to provide sanitary pads to schoolgirls.
Dr Stella Nyanzi, a university lecturer and single mother of three, is behind bars for “insulting” President Yoweri Museveni and his wife, Janet, who is also the Education and Sports Minister.
The alleged insults were made on Nyanzi’s Facebook page, where she allegedly referred to President Museveni as, amongst other things, “a pair of buttocks.”
The feminist academic was arrested on Friday for alleged violation of the Computer Misuse Act of 2011 and has pleaded not guilty.
She has been remanded in custody until April 25.
Nyanzi’s arrest comes as she mounted her criticism against Mrs Museveni for the government’s failure to provide sanitary pads to all schoolgirls. Lack of sanitary towels is a leading cause of girls dropping out of school in Uganda.
As he canvassed for votes to extend his three-decade rule, Museveni two years ago pledged free towels to all schoolgirls but Parliament says it has no money.
On March 6, police prevented her from boarding a plane for an academic conference in Netherlands.
Prominent journalist, Gertrude Tumusiime Uwitware, has been abducted and interrogated for posting in support of Nyanzi.
Human rights advocate, Muthoni Wanyeki, demanded charges against Nyanzi to be dropped.
“The state should stop wasting resources on pointless and politically-motivated prosecutions, immediately drop all charges against her and release her unconditionally.”
– CAJ News

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