Stella backs naked Makerere student against Lokodo

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Rebecca Naddamba

Social media critic and Makerere researcher, Stella Nyanzi, has thrown her weight behind Rebecca Naddamba, a third-year student of Education at Makerere university who is hunted for appearing naked at an event.

Ethics and integrity minister, Simon Lokodo, ordered the arrest of Naddamba for “ruining the image and integrity of the university as a whole”.

Lokodo wants Naddamba to apologise publicly or face the full force of the anti-pornography legislation that outlaws miniskirts, child pornography, pornographic publications and even suggestive music videos also makes it illegal to wear revealing clothing, including tops that show too much cleavage and miniskirts, defined as anything above the knee.

Early in the week, the Dean of Students summoned Naddamba for disciplinary action citing indecent dressing and bad behaviour at a university event.

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Nyanzi, on the other hand, believes policing and punishing adult women for what they choose to do with their bodies in 2017 “is appalling archaic misogyny”.

“When are patriarchs going to let women be? If you feel so proper, manly, moral and respectable, please sew all women long opaque sacks to wear in public and save your loins from erecting in response to our exposed raw red-hot bodies,” Nyanzi lashed out.

She wondered how a whole Office of the Dean of Students at Makerere University could threaten to penalise an adult student for her dress worn to a finalists’ party.

“This followed an inquiry launched by the police station on the university campus. Simon Lokodo’s ambiguous Anti-Pornography Act is spreading its poison into free society.”

Nyanzi summoned all the goddesses that exist to protect femininity and freedom of (bodily) expression, saying women in Uganda need deliverance from the ugly chains of these controlling misogynists.

She blamed this on patriarchy at Makerere University.

“Why shame and punish an adult for how she chooses to dress at a party?”