Stella Nyanzi arrested, detained in Busia

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Activist and FDC aspiring Kampala Woman Member of Parliament, Dr Stella Nyanzi has been abducted in Busia by plain cloth security operatives.

She was Saturday whisked away in a Toyota Mark X Reg No. UBF 398P.

“I spent last night detained in a cell somewhere in Busia town. I don’t know what police station I am detained in,” Nyanzi said on Sunday morning.

Together with her political assistant Rugumayo Ka Kusemererwa, they were picked from her car by a ‘gang of armed officers”in Busia.

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“We were dumped into holding cells without any charges. No statements were taken from us. I am worried about the whereabouts of my driver and my campaign photographer.”

“They were arrested ahead of the two of us but are not detained in our (unknown) detention facility.”

Stella had just returned from Nairobi in the neighbouring Kenya.

“What is our crime? Can somebody tell me. They did not even isolate us in isolation or quarantine holding facilities. We are in detention cells. Again, what is our crime? Is it a crime to be a Ugandan in Uganda? Third time, what is our crime?”

This is her story:

I am back in Uganda. 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?

Update after thirty minutes:


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. Why didn’t they intercept dictator Yoweri Museveni and accuse him of re-entering Uganda from Tanzania earlier this week?

Second update:
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. Was dictator Museveni threatened and accosted by armed men who broke into his car when he returned to Uganda from Tanzania earlier this week? 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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