Uganda Prison Service (UPS) is set to discipline Dr Stella Nyanzi over misconduct.
The move taken by UPS follows the way Nyanzi, a former Makerere University Researcher conducted her self towards court and the prison wardresses last week during her sentencing over cyber bullying.
She was sentenced to 18 months in jail.
One of the remarkable acts was sitting in the chair of the trial magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu, shouting at her, throwing bottles towards TV screens within the courtroom and using abusive and profane language while addressing the magistrate.
According to UPS spokesman Frank Baine, Nyanzi was expected to exhibit the highest level of discipline while in the court because that is the standing order of UPS towards prisoner on remand.
“According to Uganda’s Prison service act of 2006 and the standing orders, this was misconduct while on trial. As per the act, she will not be brought to court but it is going to be an internal process which we call orderly room proceedings and she will be tried by a senior high ranking officer who has sworn into justice of the peace,” said Baine on Tuesday at Prisons offices Kampala.
He added that the committee will use pieces of evidence with the help of CCTV cameras from the court to verify and analyse what exactly took place in court.
In case she is found guilty, her nine months punishment might be affected by an increase, an extra period will be determined by the officer who will adjudicate her case.
Secondly, her visitors could be banned from seeing her for a given time. Another thing to note is that while in the orderly room proceedings her lawyers will not be allowed, she will face her trials individually since it’s an internal process.
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