Deported Stella Nyanzi still hopeful of becoming MP


Dr. Stella Nyanzi is a political activist (PHOTO/Courtesy)

Self-styled human rights activist cum politician Dr Stella Nyanzi has revealed that she is still hopeful she will one day become a Member of Parliament.

Nyanzi, who is fresh from a self-imposed three months exile in Kenya, declared that she is still keen on making it to parliament.

The former Makerere University scholar contested for the Kampala Woman MP seat on FDC ticket and lost to National Unity Platform’s Shamim Malende in the January 14 polls.

The outspoken Nyanzi says losing the previous election doesn’t necessarily mean she has given up on her dream of representing Ugandans in parliament but rather she takes it as lesson.

Nyanzi said this while appearing on NBS TV’s Morning Breeze today morning.

“People say to me that you run under the slogan of ‘From prison to Parliament’ and now you’re not in Parliament, actually I am. I have got all the Hansards and for the next five years, am going to be publishing about Parliament decisions. Am I in Parliament? Totally, as an academic. The journey to Parliament is still on.” she says.

Although reports suggest she was Deportes from Kenya, Nyanzi insists she returned because she felt that threats to her life had lessened.

“I had to think twice about my own security. I was getting a number of anonymous calls that suggested that my location was being tracked, I became security cautious.”

Nyanzi claims she is not the only one seeking asylum as there are many other Ugandans in different countries.

“Very many of these young men belong to NUP but there are other women and people belonging to other parties who have entered Kenya because of the same persecution,” Nyanzi said.

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