By Ruth Anderah
Makerere University Researcher Fellow Dr.Stella Nyanzi is to stay on remand at Luzira prison until Buganda Road Court hears and determines the state’s application to have her subjected to a mental check-up.
This is after Justice Elizabeth Kabanda of the High Court ruled that the outcome of this application is crucial to the exercise of Stella Nyanzi’s right to apply for bail.
However, Justice Kabanda has faulted Chief Magistrate James Eremye Mawanda for refusing to entertain Dr.Nyanzi’s bail application soon after taking her plea on charges of cyber harassment and offensive communication.
The judge emphasized that the magistrate has powers to hear an application inquiring into a suspect’s mental status; thus declining to strike out the state’s application.
She has thus ordered that the magistrate expeditiously hears the said application.
Dr. Stella Nyanzi has now been sent back to Luzira prison until May 10th when she returns to Buganda Road Court.
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