Makerere University researcher-turned activists Dr Stella Nyanzi has fled the country and is seeking asylum in the neighbouring Kenya.
Dr Nyanzi, who recently lost the Kampala District Woman MP seat in the January 14, 2021 parliamentary elections, told the media in Nairobi that her life and that of her family is under threat, hence she could not remain in the country.
“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,” she is quoted as saying by Kenyan media.
Her lawyer, Prof George Luchiri Wajackoyah, said Dr Nyanzi arrived in Nairobi by bus on Saturday after concealing her travel by disguising herself.
After losing the woman MP seat, Dr Nyanzi said this would not stop her zeal to fight against the atrocities of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) government which has been in power for the last 35 years.
“I have sat, again, at the drawing table with my children. We have assessed our achievements and measured them against our losses. We have done our SWOT analysis. We have re-strategised. A family that plans together stays together. Nobody teaches anyone how to recover after losing in the elections. And because I plunged into the elections campaign with my children, I needed to find strategies of helping them cope with the loss of the election. My loss was their loss, too,” Dr Nyanzi said in a statement on her Facebook page on Tuesday.
“After some serious soul-searching and open discussion, we are in a much better place. We are truly on the road to recovery. It may take us a while, but we are definitely stronger together. Losing the election brought me closer to my children’s strengths,” she added.