Dr.Stella Nyanzi loses bail review application
Makerere University Researcher Dr. Stella Nyanzi has been sent back on remand at Luzira Prison until Buganda Road Court hears and determines the state’s application to inquire into her mental status.
High court Judge Elizabeth Kabanda ruled that it will be after the outcome of this application, that Nyanzi ‘s right to apply for bail will be considered.
— The Independent (@UGIndependent) April 26, 2017
The only consolation, if any for the defence team, was that Justice Kabanda faulted trial Chief Magistrate James Ereemye Mawanda for taking Dr.Nyanzi’s plea on charges of Offensive Communication, and then declining to entertain her bail application when she was produced before him on April 10.
The judge however said that the magistrate had powers to hear the mental status application, and its against this background that she has declined to strike it out as requested by Dr.Nyanzi’s lawyers.
Dr.Stella Nyanzi will now return to Buganda Road court on May 10 for her lawyers to respond to the state’s application to have her mental Status ascertained.
— Michael O’Hagan (@micoh) April 26, 2017