Relief for Activist Nyanzi As Court Delays Her Mental Test Bail

Kampala, 20th June 2017; Dr Stella Nyanzi, a research fellow at Makerere University received temporary relief following a bid by government to reverse the latter’s bail application collapse and a delay in subjecting the same activist to mental test by Court.

Buganda Road Chief Magistrate Eremye Mawanda on Tuesday ruled that Nyanzi’s test should be stopped pending determination of her petition challenging the legality of the Mental Treatment Act (1938), before the Constitutional Court.

“The proceedings under the Mental Treatment Act 1938 are hereby stayed pending the determination of Application No.18 of 2017 filed in the Constitutional Court,” ruled Magistrate Eremye.

However, the main suit in which Nyanzi is battling Cyber harassment and offensive Communication contrary to sections; 24 (1) (2) (a) and 25 of the computer misuse act 2011, shall continue.

On the application by the State to have Nyanzi’s bail cancelled, Ereemye declined to rule in State’s favour, saying that “I have not found anything in that post that discusses the merits or demerits of the case before me.”

Activist Nyanzi, welcomed the ruling saying, “This has been a sweet ruling,  I have seen that there is still some transparency in some judicial officers after my request to stay the mental status proceeding was granted.”

The matter was adjourned to July 21st for further hearing of the charges against Nyanzi.