Feb, 4th 2021 – Ugandan activist Stella Nyanzi has fled to neighbouring Kenya to seek asylum citing political persecution. The activist says her children had been trailed by the police and abductions and detentions of political actors were getting closer to her, Nation Africa website reports.
Ms Nyanzi unsuccessfully vied for Kampala Woman MP in last month’s general election. She is a strong critic of President Yoweri Museveni’s administration and was previously detained for abusing the president.
In an interview, she said she is seeking asylum in Kenya. Dr. Nyanzi said, “The abductions and detentions of political actors were getting closer to me, my children have been targets of police trailing, I just left prison in February last year and I don’t want to go back.“
The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) candidate came third in the January 14, 2021 parliamentary elections which was won by National Unity Platform (NUP) candidate, Shamim Malende.
She crossed the border in disguise to avoid being spotted by security. Her children are safe in a safehouse in Nairobi. Her lawyer, Prof George Luchiri Wajackoyah, confirmed the news of her fleeing citing political persecution by President Yoweri Museveni’s government for the move.