Ugandan activist Stella Nyanzi has been charged with cyber harassment over a Facebook post in which she referred to President Yoweri Museveni as “a pair of buttocks”, a reference which her official charge sheet has described as “obscene or indecent.
Unexpectedly, there is no mention in the official charges of the insults she aimed at First Lady Janet Museveni.
However, abusing the president is a criminal offence and easier to prosecute if proven.
There is a full court room in Kampala for the high-profile case:
And the hashtag #FreeStellaNyanzi has been trending across the country, with many shocked at what they consider to be government intimidation of someone who is speaking out over girls’ sexual health