Ethics and Integrity Minister Fr Lokodo threatens to sue Dr Stella Nyanzi for ”indecent exposure”
Ethics and Integrity Minister, Fr Simon Lokodo has threatened to file a lawsuit against Dr Stella Nyanzi, former Makerere University researcher for undressing in court.
Fr Lokodo made the statement hours after Dr Nyanzi was sentenced to 18 months in prison after she was convicted of cyber harassment against the persons of the president that includes insulting his late mother.
Fr Lokodo was at Kibuli CID headquarters where he had gone to attend a closing ceremony of three-week training for CID officers in handling complexities, investigating corruption cases, held at Kibuli CID headquarters on Friday 2 August 2019 in Kampala.
Fr Simon Lokodo says the way Dr Nyanzi behaved in court is unacceptable and as a result, he’s going to file a case against her for causing embarrassment to mothers of this nation.
“Very unacceptable and irresponsible! for a mother of more than two, behaving like that! The verdict came on her because of her other behaviour, she would simply have accepted it and taken it as the consequence of her actions. But to undress was even adding criminality on her, because now am going to file a case against her, for indecent exposure,” Fr Lokodo said.
At court Dr Nyanzi who appeared through video conferencing to receive her sentence caused chaos by undressing herself, pouring water on the prison officers and destroyed the video link.
Dr Nyanzi’s sentence came in her absence after she was taken away by prison wardens because of her wild actions before the court.
The trial magistrate, Ms Gladys Kamasanyu sentenced her to 18 months’ jails term because cyber harassment crimes are on increase, and to Kamasanyu this will reduce the rate.
Kamasanyu also said Dr Nyanzi will serve a jail term of nine (9) months because she already spent nine (9) months on remand.
However, Fr Lokodo lauded CID officers in charge of electronic countermeasures to cyber-crimes investigations for the way they handled Dr Nyanzi’s case.
321 CID officers attended the training in corruption including emerging cyber-crimes trains, money laundering, terrorism, human anti-trafficking at Kibuli CID headquarters.
The Director CID, Grace Akullo says intensive training for CID officers is purposely to fight corruption in Uganda’s societies.
“Then as officers’ investigate their new laws enacted by the Torture Act, as we investigate a case, for example when you are over detained for 48 hours for example as we are handling corruption cases then it’s a form of torture. So, we also brought in officers from the human rights commission, for example, to give the officers an overview and to gather information against abuse of human rights or suspects as they investigate cases,” Akullo said.