Winnie Byanyima calls Besigye, Mbabazi an embarrassment


Winnie Byanyima


Oxfam executive director, Winnie Byanyima, looked through a picture of members of The Democratic Alliance including her husband, Kizza Besigye, and concluded that…”it was embarrassing”.

“See the men plotting 2 lead Uganda. Embarrassing! #NoAllMalePanels,” she wrote on her official Twitter handle ‏@Winnie_Byanyima  yesterday.

The group photo was taken while TDA officials including FDC Secretary General, Nandala Mafabi, former UPC president, Olara Otunnu, TDA chairman, Zac Niringiye, Kofi Annan [former UN secretary General] and white men.

The former Mbarara Municipality Member of Parliament was not at all impressed by what she saw.

Tweeps quickly picked up the tweet and asked Winnie what she exactly meant.

@KabalePrincess: @Winnie_Byanyima Okay. But…what’s with the word “plotting”? Would it apply to a gender balanced panel?”

Winnie: You ask the right question, think about it!

@KabalePrincess: @Winnie_Byanyima What’s embarrassing? That they plot? Or that they are all men?

Winnie: It’s about who, how and what? The what I’m afraid is not even in the “picture”


@calestous: @Winnie_Byanyima Multiparty politics in Africa is more about persons, power and sectarian interest and less about change and ideas.

Winnie: True. It’s political capture by a narrow elite. People’s voices are muted. A multiparty framework is necessary but not sufficient in strengthening democratic governance in Africa.

Lashes at Lowassa

There is another tweet screenshot and attributed to Winnie in which she lashes at the Tanzania opposition Chadema candidate, Edward Lowassa.

The former Prime Minister just lost the concluded Tanzania presidential election to the ruling party candidate, John Magufuli.

According to the tweet, Winnie says: “Opposition spent years telling us that Lowassa was corrupt yet took a week to choose him as their candidate. I didn’t trust them.”


The tweet shows it was posted at 6:23am Ugandan time on November 1, 2015.

The tweet, however, nolonger appears on her handle.

Meanwhile, a tweep reminded her that the same can be said of Mbabazi whose scenario looks like that of Lowassa.


Winnie who together with former Ethics and Integrity minister, Hon Miria Matembe, fought for the inclusion of women in Uganda parliament, seemed to have been angered by a male-dominated presidential race in Uganda.

Winnie was part of the few women who took part in the Uganda liberation war that brought Museveni’s government into power.

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