By Spy Uganda
Kampala: Dr. Stella Nyanzi, a researcher, medical anthropologist, feminist, queer rights activist, scholar of sexuality, family planning and public health has finally resigned from Makerere University to prepare for the Kampala Woman Member of Parliament seat.
According to our sources, Nyanzi submitted her resignation to the Makerere University Appointments Board on Friday 17th July 2020 something she has confirmed through her social media post this morning.
The post reads “Earlier this month, I submitted my resignation to Makerere University. Resignation of public servants is a mandatory requirement of the Electoral Commission, for all individuals intending to contest in the general elections.
Yesterday, the Appointments Board accepted my resignation. After years of mishandling, misrepresenting, undermining, abusing and dillydallying with matters concerning my permanent and pensionable contract as a Research Fellow, this Appointments Board has finally swiftly accepted my resignation.
Well, I am proud to have served my alma mater since 2011. I worked hard to fundraise and win diverse research grants, created multi-disciplinary research teams, conceptualised and conducted several research studies, widely published in both scientific and creative outlets, organised local seminars and international conferences, supervised and examined graduate and doctoral students from all over the world. I advanced bodies of knowledge critical to my interdisciplinary fields of specialisation. I also designed, financed, led and accounted for many peaceful demonstrations during my tenure as an academic-activist based at this university.
I celebrate having boldly protested against the normalisation of misogynistic excesses and systemic abuses of office by professors and senior administrators at Makerere University. This was perhaps my greatest contribution to developing the university.
My nude protest at Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR) against extended multiple violations of my labour rights as a public servant will forever written down in the histories of disrupting the status quo at universities. My appeals at the university’s staff tribunal will be studied and taught for decades. My drawn out court case against the university contributed towards important jurisprudence for employees in Uganda, Africa and the world.”
Dr. Stella Nyanzi has been building momentum for her political career through her activism campaigns which with the latest demonstration over what she described as ‘slow distribution’ of government relief food to vulnerable people, mostly affected by the COVID-19 lockdown.