Through her lawyer, Isaac Ssemakadde Nyanzi had asked court to adjust the dates when the witnesses would appear.
Dr Stella Nyanzi has protested Court’s order
summoning her 19 witnesses to appear and testify in two days.
The witnesses are supposed to defend Nyanzi in the offensive communication and
cyber harassment case.
Through her lawyer, Isaac Ssemakadde Nyanzi had asked court
to adjust the dates when the witnesses would appear. This is on grounds that
when court presided by Buganda Road Grade one Magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu issued summons for
the defence witnesses to appear on Wednesday in court, the lawyers failed
to trace them.
The witnesses are: Professor Sylvia Tamale, Dr Susan Kiguli,
Criminal Investigations Director Grace Akullo, Dr Ronald Kakungulu Mayambala,
Engineer Frank Kitumba, Mustapha Mugisha, Dr Sylvester Kahyana, Dr James
Ociti, Dr Susan Kiguli, and Prof Abas Kiyimba the coordinator of gender, law
and sexuality at Makerere University.
Others are; Prof Fredrick Jjuuko, Allan Tacca, Solome
Nakaweesi, Bishop Zac David Niringiye, Father Gaetano Batanyenda and Mildred
Apenyo, a daughter to Prosecution witness Charles Dalton Opwonya.
Ssemakadde told court that they approached some of the witnesses
but they told them the summons had come at a short notice and needed more time
Those approached include; CID Akullo and Engineer Frank Kitumba the
former Director of the Directorate of Information Communication Technology Support
at Makerere University.
However, Kamasanyu has insisted and ordered that all the defence
witnesses should appear within two days effective July 9th, 2019.
This was after State Prosecutors Timothy Amerit and Janet Kitimbo
asked court to adjourn the matter for the last time.
Ssemakadde says that the Magistrate has not been fair to
defence team from the start since prosecution spent eight months adducing
evidence from only three witnesses.
Ssemakadde has also faulted the Magistrate for issuing summons
written in a language that does not communicate legal consequences should the receiver
defy. He noted that the magistrate left the summons
open for a witness to choose to appear or not contrary to the
required legal procedures.
Nyanzi, formerly a Research Fellow at Makerere Institute of Social
Research reportedly posted a birthday poem on her Facebook page and
attacked Esteri Kokundeka, the deceased mother of President Yoweri
Museveni. Nyanzi has since been in Luzira following her arrest in November
2018. She refused to apply for bail.