“Ugandan academic cum political activist, Dr Stella Nyanzi, has fled to Nairobi, Kenya. This was confirmed by her lawyer, Prof George Luchiri Wajackoyah, who cited political persecution by President Yoweri Museveni’s government for the move” (Washington Gikunju – ‘Ugandan activist Stella Nyanzi flees to Kenya’ 03.02.2021).
The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Member of Parliament (MP) Aspirant Dr. Stella Nyanzi who came third on that MP Kampala Woman race. She has now fled the Republic in fear. Dr. Nyanzi already knows the cost of her activism and been behind bars for her outspokenness.
She has paid a huge price being bold and active. After this election she has been vocal about defending Bobi Wine and wanting to protest his arrest. However, she haven’t had the same reach and finesse as earlier. She is famous and known. That because she has dared to insult and mock the President.
Stella Nyanzi is a critic and a person fighting the junta. Nevertheless, that costs. Anyone who has followed has seen that. Hopefully, Stella Nyanzi have her kids with her and is safe. There are enough activists, supporters and mobilizers of the opposition figures who is abducted, incommunicado and detained at un-gazzetted safe-houses. Therefore, her fleeing the regime makes sense.
Nyanzi deserves safety and so does everyone else fighting the cause of the dictatorship. You know it is bad when someone see the need to go into exile. This is seeking political refugee. That says it all about the current regime in Kampala. How far and how bad the state of affairs is. When its better to cross the borders from Kampala and flee to Nairobi.
This is really tragic. As Dr. Nyanzi have a role at Makerere University and as a political operative. She has a place and voice, which matters. Her ways is maybe unconventional, but she gets her point across. Where she has cared for the health of woman and their rights to be heard. That is always important and hope that she never looses her steam. But that she soldiers on and continue to fight the good fight.
Yes it has cost and will continue to cost. However, she is not forgotten and we know that she has fought though tribulations. She has suffered and paid a price. Been in prison and been charged. She has lost her job and been re-constituted it. If someone knows what it cost to go against the dictatorship. She is one who knows.
We don’t know for how long this will last. Nevertheless, it is tragic, that someone has flee a nation for this reason. Peace.