UGANDA: Activist rejects bail to ‘teach Facebook’ in prison

Ugandan activist rejects bail to ‘teach Facebook’

A Ugandan academic who was arrested and detained for insulting President Yoweri Museveni’s late mother in posts on her Facebook page has rejected bail, saying she wants to stay in prison to teach other women how to use the social media platform.

Stella Nyanzi’s trial is due to start on 22 November.

Last year, she was charged with cyber harassment for referring to President Yoweri Museveni as a “pair of buttocks”.

Ms Nyanzi told Buganda Road Magistrates Court;

Quote Message: “What are they investigating – that Yoweri Museveni is still offended? I will go and be with those ladies in Luzira [Prison] teaching them how to write on Facebook. When they are released they can write as much as I do.”

Quote Message: “As a writer… A poetess… writing to a broad group of people, I write criticising the regime.”

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