‘Stella Nyanzi is a Butabika candidate’ – Frank Gashumba

Civil and Economic activist, entrepreneur and Motivational speaker, Frank Gashumba has come out to defend actions of Prof Mahmood Mamdani against Dr. Stella Nyanzi.

Renowned academic Professor Mahmood Mamdani evicted Dr Stella Nyanzi, a senior researcher at Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR) but she later regained access to her office after nude protest on Monday morning at Mahmood Mamdani’s office. “I stand with Mamdani”, Gashumba said.

Frank Gashumba wants Nyanzi to be taken to Butabika Hospital
Frank Gashumba wants Nyanzi to be taken to Butabika Hospital

The activists adds that Stella Nyanzi is a Butabika Hospital candidate and that she urgently needs medical help. “If you have been following posts of Stella Nyanzi and what she replies on the comments, a sane person cant post such. Can a sane person post what Nyanzi does? No, I think she needs to see a doctor as soon as possible,” Gashumba added. Butabika is a hospital for the mentally ill people.

Gashumba has said Stella Nyanzi needs medical help
Gashumba has said Stella Nyanzi needs medical help

Stella Nyanzi’s work

Stella Nyanzi is a medical anthropologist with a PhD from the University of London based on ethnographic fieldwork of youth sexualities, sexual and reproductive health in The Gambia.

She has fifteen years of social science research experience in rural southwestern and urban central Uganda in the broad areas of heterosexual behaviour in the time of HIV/AIDS, adolescent sexual behaviour, female control of sexuality, transforming masculinities during the AIDS epidemic, the gender differentiation of reproductive health, alternative healing – specifically Balokole Pentecostal healing of HIV/AIDS and transforming perfomances of death, disposal and widowhood.

Her current research at MISR comprises ethnographic inquiry into the politicisation of homosexualities in contemporary Uganda – with a focus particularly on unpacking mainstream religious framing of and contestations about sexual citizenship. Dr. Nyanzi is also conducting research about the vulnerability and resilience of young (refugee and internally displaced) women in Uganda towards HIV/AIDS.

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