Makerere reopens Nyanzi office after nude protest


Makerere University Institute of Social Research (MISR) has finally reopened the office of Dr Stella Nyanzi.

The office was locked on Friday on orders of Prof Mahmood Mamdani, the founder of the institute who accuses Nyanzi of refusing to teach one of his PhD progammes.

On Monday, she staged a naked protest calling upon the institute to reopen her office so she could do her research.

She removed all her clothes in front of cameras and later chained herself to a gate.

Nyanzi then locked Mamdani’s office promising to give him keys only when he opens hers.

She said the only successful weapon in such a case would be nudity.

Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof. Ddumba Sentamu escorted by police hurried to the scene.

Prof Ddumba reportedly asked Edward Kirumira, the Principal College of Humanities under which the Institute, to ensure Nyanzi’s office is unlocked immediately.

Speaking to press at the scene, Nyanzi said she has been fighting with Mamdani for six years.

She thanked Ddumba and Makerere management for intervening and rescuing her.

“My office has been opened,” she confirmed.

“The weapons of the powerless never make sense to the powerful. You can laugh at and mock me for using my nudity against the illegal eviction from my office, but it was the only weapon I had in my battle against Mahmood Mamdani’s insubordination to the DVC who asked him to stay the eviction. I am fighting to the death against the oppression and ‪#‎RotAtMISR,” she wrote on her restored Facebook page which had earlier been deactivated.

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