Ugandan Activist gets 18-month jail sentence for online poem about leader

A Ugandan activist, Stella Nyanz who wrote a poem criticising long-time President, Yoweri Museveni, was sentenced to a year and a half in prison on Friday, stripping in protest as the sentence was read.

Judiciary spokesman, Solomon Muita said, “The poet and activist was convicted on cyber harassment against the president and his mother.”

Nyanzi was sentenced via a video link to her prison cell, during which she “stripped naked,” Muita said.

The University lecturer was arrested after posting a poem on Facebook in 2018 that read in part: “Yoweri Museveni, they say it was your birthday yesterday. You should have died at birth, you dirty delinquent dictator.”

Recall 74-year-old Yoweri Museveni, has been in power since 1986, and in 2018 made the highly controversial move of extending presidential term limits that could now see him remain in power until 2030.

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