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Dr Stella Nyanzi arrested in Busia after Kenya trip

Stella Nyanzi: Courtesy photo

Security operatives have arrested Kampala Woman MP aspirant Dr Stella Nyanzi, her party the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has confirmed.

FDC says Nyanzi was “abducted in Busia by plain cloth security operatives.”

She was whisked away in a Toyota Mark X Registration Number UBF 398P, added Uganda’s largest opposition political party in a September 19 statement.

Nyanzi had taken a break from her campaign to visit Kenya.

In Nairobi, she visited Kibera Slum and met activist Boniface Mwangi, who she calls “my hero,” and his wife Njeri.


Nyanzi used her social media account to update her supporters of her ‘abduction’. The following is her account:

After getting into my country with my political assistant, my photographer and my driver, we crossed the Busia border and went to collect our car that was parked at the Shell Petrol Station.

I quickly got into the car. A man dressed in layer, intercepted us, refused my team to enter the car, threatened to shoot at us if we drove the car away and then blocked our exit with his car (number plate UBF398P).

He is armed with a pistol in the pockets of his shorts. He is threatening us with arrest.

I wonder why these military boys think that they can bully us in our country.

Yoweri Museveni crossed our border and went to another country. Nothing was done to him by men with guns upon entry.

What have we done wrong?

30 minutes later…

A car full of big men with stomachs in layer, thin black armed LDUs carrying AK47s and four military policemen wearing military camouflage have now surrounded my car.

They are shouting at me to get out of the car. I have shouted back at them to ask what I have done wrong.

 I reminded them that I am a Ugandan in Uganda and that this is not a crime. They are accusing me of being a Ugandan who has re-entered Uganda from Kenya.


The armed men have forced my car boot open. They are ordering me to drive with them to the police station in Busia.

I have explained to them that I do not drive because of my poor health.

I have also told them to bring a police woman with her identification, wearing a mask, sanitized hands and that she should practice social distance when she is with me.

They shouted back at me and are consulting among themselves.

Why should a throng of unidentified men with guns come without a single policewoman to arrest me?

Why should they bring all their crooked penises armed with all sorts of guns to arrest a single vagina?

What crime have I committed? I am a Ugandan in Uganda. Is this a crime?

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