STELLA NYANZI ARRESTED IN COVID FOOD PROTEST
By Mulengera Reporter
Embattled Makerere University researcher Dr Stella Nyanzi was arrested Monday for taking part in a protest demanding relief food for her family as the current Covid19 lockdown continues to bite.
Early Monday morning, Dr Nyanzi announced she would walk to the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) in Kampala which is coordinating relief food distribution efforts and is leading National Taskforce initiatives including a fundraiser for billions to boost Ministry of Health (MoH) emergency fleet.
“I am marching today through Kampala city with my empty sauce pans and my hungry children, in protest against the HUNGER PANDEMIC spreading all over Uganda during the Covid-19 lockdown. I am marching with my sister-comrade Nana Mbarikiwa and her children,” wrote Nyanzi, who only left jail months ago.
“We are taking a petition to the Prime Minister who is the head of the Covid-19 task force. We are going on a lunch date with Dr Ruhukana Rugunda. We hope he will fill our empty sauce pans and cooking pots with good things. Please join us as we march through the city with our pots and pans. Please join us as we resist the evils born out of the Covid-19 lockdown in Uganda. Please come and march for the hungry, the starving, the dying, the locked in vulnerable.”
True to her word, Nyanzi started her march to the OPM Monday morning. But Nyanzi and her fellow protesters were arrested near Buganda Road Court in Kampala, and were detained at the Central Police Station in Kampala.
Also arrested with Dr Nyanzi was events promoter Andrew Mukasa, aka Bajjo, who had been detained over the same issue in a recent protest he held alongside his colleague Abby Musinguzi, alias Abitex.
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