Makerere university researcher and activist Dr Stella Nyanzi has asked Buganda road chief magistrate’s court to stay her trial pending determination of her constitutional petition.
Dr Nyanzi’s lawyers led by Isaac Ssemakadde asked Chief Magistrate James Ereemye to temporarily halt the proceedings on grounds that her constitutional petition would be rendered irrelevant if the court proceeds to hear the case under the mental treatment act.
Ssemakadde submitted on Thursday that Nyanzi would suffer irreparable damages that could amount to violation of her rights and freedom if the proceedings are not stayed.
According to state, Nyanzi should be subjected to medical examination under the MTA of 1938 to ascertain her mental status because “she appears to be of unsound mind, basing on her conduct.”
Nelly Asiku however asked court to grant prosecution more time to enable them respond to Nyanzi’s application, prompting Eremye to adjourn the case to June 7, 2017.