Former Makerere researcher and Kampala Woman MP candidate Dr Stella Nyanzi first met opposition figure Kizza Besigye before exile.
At his Kansangati home, Besigye placed his hands on Nyanzi’s head and blessed her.
Nyanzi fled to the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Saturday to seek political asylum citing abductions and detentions of political actors.
This is her statement:
The weekend immediately after losing the elections, I was hurting everywhere. Nothing that my friends who were taking care of my children and I did, was able to bring comfort. Not the good food, not the drink, not the music, not the soft mattress brought to the garden for me to lie on, not the conversation…nothing was able to reduce the pain of loss.
So, my friend Nana Mwafrika Mbarikiwa suggested we go visit our political mentor and dear friend for solace. She called him up. He instantly invited us over to his house for tea!
We bundled into two cars and headed over to Dr. Kizza Besigye’s house in Kasangati. He welcomed us dearly. He served us tea, coffee, soda, water, and the sweetest bananas. We talked for hours. He talked with us about the struggle to liberate Uganda. He asked questions. He listened to our replies. We asked him questions. He taught us. He corrected and guided us. He encouraged. He gave us wisdom and strategy and hope.
I requested him to lay his hands on me, as a symbol of blessing. He granted my request. I got healed of the pain. I left his home feeling renewed and refreshed. I was reminded that the hard work of freeing ourselves was not yet over. My contribution to liberating Uganda from Museveni’s dictatorship is important. I have a role to play.