Speaking to Uganda Radio Network on the sidelines of her campaigns in Nakawa Division in Kampala on Tuesday, Nyanzi said that everywhere she has gone before listening to what she is going to do for them, people first ask for handouts like; T-shirts, money, masks or local gin.
Dr Stella Nyanzi, the former
Makerere University academic researcher and Forum for Democratic Change-FDC
Kampala Woman parliamentary candidate, says it is disheartening to see how
Ugandans have been reduced to beggars.
Speaking to Uganda Radio Network on
the sidelines of her campaigns in Nakawa Division in Kampala on Tuesday, Nyanzi
said that everywhere she has gone before listening to what she is going to do
for them, people first ask for handouts like; T-shirts, money, masks or local
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Indeed, when our reporter moved with
Nyanzi on her door to door campaigns, a number of people especially in Nakawa
market, were heard asking for handouts. “Dr Stella Nyanzi we are going to vote
for you but we are thirst come and buy for us some water,” said one woman who only
identified herself as Hanifa.
When asked why she was asking for
handouts from a candidate, she said everyone they vote for never comes back,
saying this is the only time that they can also squeeze something from them. In the interview, Nyanzi said this
has been very frustrating for her especially considering that campaigns are
mainly door to door.
Nyanzi also talked about her fundraising efforts in order
to fund her campaigns. Two months ago, she put out a call for funding on her
Facebook timeline asking well-wishers to help her raise UGX 1.3billion.
She said this post surprised many
people because of the sheer amount she needed. However, she said by the look of
things, this was a conservative figure because new estimates show that she will
need more money to pay her campaign agents across the almost ninety parishes in
Kampala. She disclosed that so far she has
raised around UGX 30million through fundraising.
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Nyanzi also shocked many when she
put out a Facebook post calling for funding from pro-gay personalities in the
United States of America and the United Kingdom.
In the interview, however, she
said her post was not aimed at Sir Elton John an open gay Pop Musician and
Ellen DeGeneres, a TV presenter and an actor in the US, but her opponents in
the race who had made it a habit to attack her because of her academic work
with gay communities.
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She added that actually in the end
the two gay personalities she was writing to never gave her the money, but the
post helped her to stave off her critics who were depicting her not only as a
promoter of homosexuality but a lesbian herself.
Nyanzi is competing with eight other
contestants including the National Unity Platform’s Shamim Malende, Democratic
Party’s Sumayyah Muwonge and National Resistance Movement’s, Faridah Nambi