Medical anthropologist, feminist and political activist, Dr. Stella Nyanzi, has come out in blunt disagreement with the efforts by Facebook to restrict her account on the platform for violation of its terms and conditions.
Nyanzi has in the past been on a poetic and literal war against the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) and more recently against Robert Kyagulanyi’s National Unity Platform (NUP) criticizing the young political player for suppressing those who disagree with the party.
“Between Dictator Museveni and Dictator Kyagulanyi, I know that the old man imprisoned me, but he never got my posts criticizing him removed from Facebook. Who is a worse dictator even when out of power?” Stella Nyanzi posted.
She followed this post with two more, one in which she states bluntly that “Kyagulanyists maul Kyagulanyi’s critics. They threaten, intimidate and penalize dissent. Dictatorships silence dissenters… Musevenists abduct, terrorize and lock up Museveni’s critics.”
In the latest post, she criticizes the shutdown of Ashburg Kato’s and other NUP critiques’ Facebook pages last year, an act she blames on Bobi Wine. To quote Stella, because of this, “I swear to God, Kyagulanyi is a dictator. He murders free expression”.
In April, 2017, Dr. Nyanzi was picked from Mackinnon Suites Hotel in Nakasero where she was speaking to Rotarians about fundraising money for sanitary pads for school girls and 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.
She was arrested again in November 2018 on similar allegations of abusing president Museveni and his family. It was alleged that Dr. Nyanzi abused President Museveni and his deceased mother on September 16th 2018 on her Facebook page.
Stella Nyanzi maintains her stance on the NRM’s and now recently NUP’s alleged suppression of dissent and views divergent from their own.