Controversial human rights activist Stella Nyanzi loses Kampala Women’ seat to Bobi Wine NUP’ candidate Shamin Malende.
Shamim Malende received an overwhelming of votes compared to all of her competitors like Stella Nyanzi, Faridah Nambi and others combined.
The young, enterprising and fierce legal practitioner, Shamin Malende is dedicating her career to advocating for the rights of the oppressed.
Shamin is the only woman on Bobi Wine’s legal team who is also handling People Power cases across the country for free.
Stella Nyanzi on the other hand, first came to prominence in 2016, when she stripped in a feminist protest at Makerere University, where she worked as a research fellow, against her boss’s attempt to block her from her office because Nyanzi refused to teach a class.
Since then, Nyanzi’s form of protest—radical rudeness, which is especially stark in former British colonies such as Uganda that adopted Victorian ideas of public behavior—has cast her further into the public eye. Her tactics, including nude protest and the use of insulting language, have earned her the censure of Museveni and landed her in prison.
In 2017, Nyanzi spent 33 days in Uganda’s maximum-security Luzira women’s prison for describing the president as a “pair of buttocks” and the first lady as “empty-brained” in a poem posted on Facebook. Makarere University suspended her.
In 2019, she was sentenced to 18 months in prison for this incident, a sentence later overturned by Uganda’s High Court on the basis that the government had violated her right to fair trial.