Woman Remanded Over Nude Protest

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Babiryes trouble started after a group of women from Apuuton village in Arapai Sub County stripped naked last year accusing Soroti University officials of encroaching on their land.

The Soroti magistrate's court has remanded one of the suspected masterminds of the nude protests over the disputed Soroti University land. 40-year-old Jamila Babirye appeared before John Joseph Elogu, the Soroti Grade Two magistrate following her arrest from her home in Apuuton village in Arapai Sub County.

She was charged with being a common nuisance, a charge which attract a year sentence in jail. Prosecution told court that on Friday June 12, 2015 while at Apuuton village, Babirye and others engaged in shameful acts with intentions of interfering with peace and inconvenience others. 

Babirye pleaded not guilty to the charge prompting, John Joseph Elogu, the Soroti Grade Two magistrate to remand her to Soroti Prison until February 10th when her case will come up for mention. The Penal code states that ‘any person who does an act not authorised by law or omits to discharge a legal duty and thereby causes any common injury, or danger or annoyance, or obstructs or causes inconvenience to the public in the exercise of common rights, commits the misdemeanor termed a common nuisance and is liable to imprisonment for one year.

Babirye's trouble started after a group of women from Apuuton village in Arapai Sub County stripped naked last year accusing Soroti University officials of encroaching on their land.  Residents accuse the university management of taking over their land measuring about 140 acres.

The contested land is part of the 980 acres of land that were reportedly donated by elders for the establishment of Teso College Aloet. Moses Ochieng, the Soroti District Police Commander told URN shortly after the arrest of Babirye, that they are still hunting for another woman still at large.