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Stella Nyanzi Loses Bid To Kick Out Case

Activist Stella Nyanzi has lost her bid to have a criminal case in which she is accused of using derogatory words to describe the President dismissed.

Buganda Road Chief Magistrate James Eremye ruled against Nyanzi’s application saying his court’s hands are tied because the matter is being challenged in the constitutional court which is a higher court than the magistrates court and thus takes precedence.

Nyanzi wants Buganda Road Court to dismiss the case in which she is accused of referring to the President as a pair of buttocks. She has been appearing before court for over a year and the case has not been fixed for hearing.

Eremye said Nyanzi’s application couldn’t be granted because there is a matter at the constitutional court which arose out of the criminal case. Eremye said her application can only be considered at the Magistrates Court once the Constitutional Court matter has been disposed off.

Eremye said: “I want to agree with The State that the application be and is here by stayed pending the disposal and guidance of the Constitutional Court in Constitutional Petition number 88 of 2017.”

Eremye thus extended Nyanzi’s bail and ordered her to keep reporting to Court every month for mention something Nyanzi took exception to and blasted when she stepped out of court.

Nyanzi ranted: “I’ve been coming to court for the last one year and there has been nothing really happening…to tell us to wait for the constitutional petition in order for the criminal matter to continue or start is a form of punishment that government uses on suspects. So I’m not disappointed.”

 

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