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Police Detains Stella Nyanzi

Police says it has arrested Makerere University research fellow Dr Stella Nyanzi over offensive communication.

CID spokesperson SP Vicente Sekate confirmed to this website that, Stella Nyanzi has been arrested over two counts of cyber harassment contrary to Section 24 of the Computer Misuse Act of 2011 and Offensive Communication Section 25 of the same law.

Sekate, however, said the researcher was arrested over earlier charges when she was summoned at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations Department headquarters in Kibuli last month and she failed to honor the summons.

She was arrested by Wandegeya police station
It is alleged that Dr Nyanzi abused President Museveni and his deceased mother on September 16 on her Facebook page.

Detectives say it unlikely that they will be done with their investigations by today which means the lecturer will likely spend the weekend in jail.

According to Section 25 of the Computer Misuse Act 2011 on offensive communication, “Any person who willfully and repeatedly uses electronic communication to disturb or attempts to disturb the peace, quiet or right of privacy of any person with no purpose of legitimate communication whether or not a conversation ensues commits a misdemeanor and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding twenty-four currency points or imprisonment not exceeding one year or both.”

Twenty four currency points is an equivalent of Shs480, 000.

This is the second time police are arresting Dr Nyanzi on allegations of abusing President Museveni and his family.

In April, 2017, Dr Nyanzi was picked from Mackinnon Suites Hotel in Nakasero where she was speaking to Rotarians about fundraising money for sanitary pads for school girls, and charged with two counts including cyber harassment contrary to section 24 (1)(2)(a) of the Computer Misuse Act 2011 and offensive communication contrary to section 25 of the Computer Misuse Act 2011.

She is still battling these charges at Buganda Road Magistrates court.

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