Ethics and integrity state minister Simon Lokodo has ordered police to arrest Makerere University professor Stella Nyanzi for circulating nude pictures on social media.
Nyanzi stripped naked in protest of the decision by the head of Makerere University’s Institute of Social Research [MISR] to lock her office for three days in a row.
Prof Mahmood Mamdani said he evicted Nyanzi for refusing to teach a PhD programme she had committed to.
Police Superintendent Jackson Mucunguzi, the Chief Security Officer Makerere, who led the Vice Chancellor Prof Ddumba Sentamu to the scene, said Nyanzi’s action was shameful.
Ddumba was moved to contact Prof. Edward Kirumira, the Principal College of Humanities, who ordered for the reopening of Nyanzi’s office.
Minister Lokodo now wants Nyanzi apprehended for breaking the law.
According to Lokodo, Nyanzi committed a crime by circulating nude pictures on social media.
“We have a law that tells us how to conduct ourselves in public. We condemn her action,” Lokodo said when contacted over the matter.
He said Nyanzi’s action breaches the Anti-Pornography Act which seeks to create the offence of pornography which is blamed for sexual crimes against women and children including rape, child molestation and incest.
In the Bill, pornography has been defined as any representation, through publication, exhibition, cinematography, indecent show, information technology or by whatever means, of a person engaged in real or stimulated explicit sexual activities or any representation of the sexual parts of a person for primarily sexual excitement.
If Nyanzi is convicted, she will be a handed a two-year jail sentence or a fine of 500 currency points.
“Even if she was offended by anybody, she behaved indecently,” Lokodo insisted.
Nyanzi, however, maintains that nudity was the only weapon she had at her disposal.