KAMPALA — Opposition leader Dr Kizza Besigye has threw a Christmas donation for Dr. Stella Nyanzi’s children at her home in Kungu near Kyanja, Kampala.
Accompanied by FDC officials, Dr. Besigye shared with the children some pre Christmas moments and gifts that included fruits, soap, rice, sugar, matooke among others.
Dr Nyanzi was this year sentenced to 18 months in prison after being found guilty of cyberharassment for a series of Facebook posts criticizing President Yoweri Museveni, including calling him “a pair of buttocks.”
The verdict against Dr Nyanzi, a university lecturer and researcher, drew the ire of rights activists, who accused the government of using laws about electronic communications to stifle political dissent.
Her conviction stemmed from a Facebook post last year in which she said she wished Mr. Museveni, 74, had been burned up in his mother’s birth canal.
Security forces detained Dr. Nyanzi as she left a Rotary Club event in Kampala, where she had given a talk on providing schoolgirls with sanitary pads, a subject over which she has publicly argued with Mr. Museveni’s wife, Janet, who is the education minister.
High Court awarded her UGX 50 million for the violation of her rights by the government when it blocked her from boarding the plane in 2017.
The UGX 50m award stemmed from an application challenging the infringement of her fundamental human right when the government secretly placed her name on a “no-fly list” and confiscated her passport.