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Ugandan police interrogate prominent feminist for ‘offending’ president
March 10, 2017 - Written by Maxamed Sulayman

Ugandan police interrogate prominent feminist for ‘offending’ president

Mar 10, 2017

Investigations Department (CID) headquarters at Kibuli, in the Kampala sub©Dr. Stella Nyanzi

According to officials, Ms. Nyanzi was interrogated for more than four hours at Criminal urb.

By Nangayi Guyson, nangayi.guyson@alleastafrica.com

Kampala, Uganda-Makerere University researcher, Dr Stella Nyanzi, has been interrogated by police over her social media postings that allegedly bashed President Museveni and the First Lady.

According to officials, Ms. Nyanzi was interrogated for more than four hours at Criminal Investigations Department (CID) headquarters at Kibuli, in the Kampala suburb on Tuesday.

Although Police has not pointed out who the complainant is, Dr Nyanzi insisted that she had been summoned for criticizing the First Lady, Ms Janet Museveni who is also the Education minister who she alleged told  MPs that the government had no money to buy sanitary pads for school girls which president Museveni promised during election campaigns last year.

Commenting on the issue, Kampala Spokesman, Emillian Kayima, said that Dr Nyanzi has been summoned to give explanations on many postings on her social media platform, that he said much portrayed some people in bad light.

“Our interaction with her was to see whether she has committed crime or not, however, the language she is using on socialmedia is not appropriate.” he told the local media.

Speaking to journalist after the interrogations Dr. Nyanzi that police told her that she offended the president.

“The president has been offending many of us for a long time. By the way, who is Janet? She is not a mother. A mother should provide pads for our girls. There are billions of shillings that have been embezzled by this regime. How dare could she say [that] government has no money to buy sanitary towels for our girls in their menses,” Dr Nyanzi questioned.

She added: “Neither Museveni nor Janet will stop me from criticizing this government. They should do things in the right way if they don’t want to be criticized.”
President Museveni while campaigning for his fifth elective term in Alebtong District, he promised that his government would provide free sanitary pads for all girls in school.

While appearing before the Parliament’s Education Committee on February 13, Minister of education and sports Ms. Museveni also said that the governmentwould would provide sanitary pads to school girls as promised by the President because of financial constraint.

When this news reached the ears of Dr Nyanzi, she went to social media and criticized government over issue, launching a fundraising project to raise money and buy sanitary pads for all girls in Ugandan schools.

You can go to Dr. Stella Nyanzi’s Facebook page and read more of her postings about the issue.

Meanwhile, Ms. Nyanzi came to prominence when she started posting critical comments against President museveni’s regime and started supporting Dr Kizza Besigye when his 2016 elections campaigns gained momentum.

She also came into the limelight when she posted photos and video clips of her undressed on her Facebook wall, before she proceeded to Makerere university where she had again stripped naked in protest of the university’s decision that saw her office locked out for under unclear circumstances.

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