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Ugandan activist detained for ‘offensive’ Facebook post against president's mother

UGANDAN academic and activist Dr Stella Nyanzi is being held for crimes relating to an “offensive” social media post against President Yoweri Museveni and his late mother.

Ugandan police Criminal Investigations Department spokesman Vincent Ssekatte said charges are expected to be brought against the opposition activist and women’s rights campaigner.

Ms Nyanzi’s lawyers have not been officially informed of the charges she is facing following posts made on Facebook, which include a 2018 birthday poem to President Museveni, wishing his mother had suffered a miscarriage and not given birth to him.

She has a large social media following and is facing charges for calling Mr Museveni “a pair of buttocks.”

In previous posts she has criticised First Lady Janet Museveni over her role as education minister.

Ms Nyanzi staged a naked protest outside her office after being suspended from her position as a research fellow at Makerere University last year.

A tribunal ordered her reinstatement with immediate effect with back pay last month, however she remains suspended from her post.

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