DPP Apologizes Over Delays in Dr. Nyanzi "Pair of Buttocks" Case

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On July 21st 2017, J Dr. Nyanzis lawyer, Isaac Semakadde wrote to Justice Mike Chibita, the Director of Public Prosecution asking him to drop the charges, saying the lawprovides for feedback with in a period of not more than sixty days.

The Director of Public Prosecution, Mike Chibita has apologized over the delays to prosecute the case, in which Dr. Stella Nyanzi is accused of referring to President, Yoweri Museveni as 'Pair of Buttocks." Senior State Prosecutor, Nelly Asiku told the Buganda Road Court Magistrate, James Eremye Mawanda on Tuesday that the delay of Dr. Nyanzi's case is regrettable.

 
"The DPP didn't intend to delay the matter but because of the industrial action, he has not been able to come up with a decision", Asiku told court. Dr. Nyanzi is charged with offensive communication and misuse of the computer under the Computer Misuse act 2011.

 
The charges stem from a facebook post on Dr. Nyanzi's wall, in which she described Museveni as a pair of buttocks. On July 21st 2017, J Dr. Nyanzi's lawyer, Isaac Semakadde wrote to Justice Mike Chibita, the Director of Public Prosecution asking him to drop the charges, saying the law
provides for feedback with in a period of not more than sixty days. 
 
 
In his ruling, the Buganda Road Court Magistrate, James Eremye Mawanda noted that there hasn't been a response from the DPP since the application was given to Jonathan Muwaganya, one of the State attorneys to deliver to the DPP.

 
"I want to agree that the industrial action has affected the accused. It's evidenced by the way she reacts, but the sixty days only apply when the ruling has been fixed', said Mawanda. He adjourned the matter to February 20, 1018 to allow the DPP come up with his response in regards to Dr. Nyanzi's application to withdraw the charges and so as to fix the date for hearing. 

 
 Dr. Nyanzi isn't new to controversy. In 2016, he stripped naked and used obscene language to protest a decision by Prof. Mahmood Mamadani, the Director of Makerere Institute of Social Research-MISER to evict her from her office.