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Uganda arrests academic who criticised president s wife

She has lashed out at Janet Museveni, who is also education minister, after the government reneged on a campaign to supply free sanitary pads to poor schoolgirls and has launched vitriolic attacks against the first couple.

"I totally reject the idea that one can not. and should not criticise the people responsible for abusing the rights of Ugandans and resources of Uganda through thirty-one years of increasing despotic family rule", Nyanzi said in one of her Facebook posts.

The Facebook post reads: "That is what buttocks do".

The charge sheet said Nyanzi had referred to Museveni as "a pair of buttocks" in one of her Facebook posts. They shake, jiggle, shit and fart.

DAILY MAIL reports that Nyanzi appeared in a court in Kampala on Monday, where she was charged with making a remark that was "obscene or indecent".

There was no reference to any charge for insults to the first lady.

She is charged with two counts including cyber harassment contrary to section 24 (1)(2)(a) of the Computer misuse Act 2011 and offensive communication contrary to section 25 of the Computer Misuse Act 2011.

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"Nyanzi is safe. It's only her relatives and lawyers allowed to visit her".

"She kept posting issues, fighting battles on social media which we think does not serve her interests or ours", Kayima said.

The news of her arrest has sparked a storm on social media through the hashtag #FreeDrStellaNyanzi.

I totally reject the idea that one can not, must not, ought not and should not criticize the people responsible for abusing the rights of Ugandans and resources of Uganda through thirty-one years of increasing despotic family rule. In a rare TV interview on 30 March, the First Lady said she had forgiven her, but Nyanzi was then arrested days later.

Nyanzi, who trained as a medical anthropologist, often uses sexual imagery to underscore her points on Facebook, leading many in this conservative country to accuse her of obscenity.

"They finally dumped her at an isolated location where police found her at around midnight".

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