Government critic bailed for ‘insulting’ President

From HASSAN ONYANGO in Kampala, Uganda
KAMPALA, (CAJ News) – THE Ugandan government has been urged to drop charges against an outspoken feminist academic who referred to President Yoweri Museveni as “a pair of buttocks.”
Stella Nyanzi has secured bail after four weeks in prison following her criticism of the president and first lady, Janet, who is also the minister of education, over failure to provide sanitary towels to all girls in public schools.
Museveni made the pledge during his pre-election campaign in 2015 but his government has said it has no money to actualise the project.
Nyanzi, a university lecturer led the campaign to hold government accountable and it is alleged she took her criticism of the president too far through her posts on social media.
She has been charged under the Computer Misuse Act of 2011. Police have previously prevented her from attending overseas conferences.
Sarah Jackson, Amnesty International’s deputy regional director, said while the bail secured by Nyanzi was a relief, charges must be dropped.
She said the government’s attempt to prosecute her for speaking out for the rights of Uganda’s women and girls was an affront to freedom of expression.
“The authorities must now let common sense prevail by immediately and unconditionally dropping all the charges against her,” Jackson said.
“The continuation of this farcical case blatantly violates Uganda’s constitution, and its regional and international human rights obligations.”
CAJ News

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