With a cumulative total of 60,564 votes, Nyanzi came third in the race won by Shamim Malende, the National Unity Platform (NUP) candidate. Malende who polled 312,104 votes was followed by the National Resistance Movement candidate Faridah Nambi with 93,867 votes.
Dr. Nyanzi’s problems with Makerere University leadership started from her feud with Prof. Mahmood Mamdani, the Director Makerere Institute for Social Research-MISR on April, 16 2016. Dr. Nyanzi staged a nude protest when Prof. Mamdani evicted her from her office at the institute because of her refusal to teach.
A list of nominated candidates released by Michael Byaruhanga, the Chairperson MUASA Electoral Commission, has only one woman Dr Christine Mbabazi Mpyangu, a Lecturer in the Department of Religion and Peace Studies, nominated for a position.
The embattled Makerere University Research fellow ran to court after she was blocked by government from leaving the country on March 19, 2017 to attend a scholarly conference in Amsterdam. She checked in at Entebbe Airport and while at immigration to get clearance for her flight to Amsterdam via Nairobi, she was informed by the immigration officers that she had been barred from travelling by the Criminal Investigations Directorate.