Stella Nyanzi writes to Ellen DeGeneres, Elton John seeking Shs1. 3bn for MP race

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Former Makerere researcher Dr Stella Nyanzi has written to Ellen DeGeneres and Elton John to help her fundraise Shs1.3bn for Kampala Woman MP race.

On Friday, Nyanzi met with food vendors from the market in Namuwongo, Kampala.

She introduced to them her candidacy as FDC flag bearer for the position of Kampala Woman Member of Parliament.

They shared about the formation of their new association called the Bukasa Joint Food Vendors Group.

They gave her copies of their newly formed constitution, and a funding proposal for collective trading.

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In the consultative meeting, they decried the lack of access to micro-credit facilities for poorer traders in the cooked food business.

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” I am learning the issues at the heart of different population groups in Kampala City,” she said.

Fundraising

On the same day, Nyanzi shared her appeal to world icons seeking for help.

Ellen Lee DeGeneres is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer.

Sir Elton Hercules John CH CBE is an English singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer famous for his song “Sacrifice”.

Here is the appeal:

Dear Ellen DeGeneres and Elton John,

Re: Application for fundraising

My names are Stella Nyanzi. I am an academic researcher, a human rights defender, a dissident protester, and an activist from Uganda. I am running for political election as the Kampala Woman Member of Parliament for 2021-2026. In February of this year, I was released upon acquittal from Luzira Women Prison where I had served (sixteen months) most of my sentence for offensive communication against President Yoweri Museveni. I joined the race for Kampala Woman Member of Parliament during the COVID-19 Lockdown in Uganda.

Ellen DeGeneres

During my public media engagements, my opponents and their supporters are masterminding a political smear-campaign in which they call me “a promoter of homosexuality,” “a violator of Kiganda, Ugandan and African traditional values,” and “a dangerous example to youths.” They denigrate my academic research about, defiant activism for and diplomatic advocacy for the human rights of LGBTIQA+ people. My opponents and their fans assert that my campaigns for political office are heavily funded by white gay men and white lesbian women. In a deeply conservative national context where patriarchy, misogyny, heterosexism, homophobia and transphobia thrive, this homophobic propaganda is detracting potential supporters from my campaign.

I have never denied that I am a strong ally of the LGBTIQA+ communities in Uganda specifically, but Africa more broadly. I acknowledge my academic research and scientific knowledge production through scholarly journal articles, book chapters, poetry and conference presentations on same-sex relationships and non-binary genders. I embrace my queer activism, and pro-LGBTIQA+ rights advocacy. Indeed, I participated in several local pride marches, variously supported individuals and organisations, and attended diverse processes that challenged the Anti-Homosxuality Bill and Anti-Homosexuality Act in Uganda.

However, I have never received any funding support for either my activism or my political campaign from any white gay man or white lesbian person.

This letter is therefore to formally and publicly invite both of you to fund my campaign for political office. My total budget is UGX 1,300,000,000 Uganda Shillings, which is equivalent to USD 340,000$ United States Dollars. If the funds requested for are too much to afford, can you please fundraise for me among other LGBTIQA+ people of means? Please generously support my journey #FromPrison2Parliament!

I look forward to your swift and kind consideration in this matter.

Sincerely,

Stella Nyanzi (PhD),
Aspirant for Kampala Woman Member of Parliament 2021-2026.

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