Nyanzi’s lawyers applied to the High Court to revise the decision of the lower court (magistrate’s court)- in this case Buganda Road Court. The High Court was to revise or basically to re-visit, to review what had happened in the lower court. They had two specific requests (or “prayers”, as they are called in court) regarding Nyanzi’s mental health check as this was not a criminal case and bail application.
The literary community in Uganda has joined others in calling on the Government of Uganda to drop charges against Makerere academic, Stella Nyanzi. The petition coordinated by Soo Many Stories publisher Nyana Kakoma and co-director of Center for African Cultural Excellence, Bwesigye bwa Mwesigire. The public statement, signed by several in the field, emphasises the…
Many times when having a conversation on gender equality, several people will try to counter with “but in Uganda, women and men are equal.” Lived experiences show us different, but with more women getting into the job market, data is also telling us equality still eludes us.
What is different this time? Ronald Kibuule, according to Hellen Obuku, invoked his office. He did not want to be searched because he is a Minister. The Stanbic CEO- who runs a bank that according to recent results, rose net profit by 56.9% to Shs107.29 billion- had time to apologise to him, likely because he is a Minister.
Kibuule also called the police. “But Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman Emilian Kayima said Mr Kibuule called the police to “intervene in the case” at the bank. The Minister reportedly called the Mukono District police commander, Mr Alfred Ahimbisibwe, to arrest Obuku for criminal libel, a media-related offence. [Obuku is said to have “recollected herself and went back to her post and kept quiet.”]
Feminist leadership is about changing how power works. It should not just be about appointment of women but also advancement for social justice for all. It is leadership for the women and girls in Karamoja who have to spend more time fetching water because the valley dams were not constructed. It is leadership for the less fortunate in the country- female, male, different able bodied, rural, urban, young, old- for whom mismanagement of the funds meant for poverty alleviation was the difference between making it in life and falling through the cracks. It is about taxpayer money used for one individual when thousands go hungry in the country.
Between literacy and high cost of ICT, gender inclusion is essential to the achievement of the mandate of the ministry.
And while the Ministry was kind enough to make policy provisions, they forgot to invite women and youth to the table. This table is important because this is where who makes the decisions is seating, and from the looks of it, whoever is making the decisions is a Ugandan male above 30 years.
According to sources, we might be getting some more autobiographies published. Here is a short list of Ugandan women in the public space who we hear are working on their stories, and whose stories we look forward to: