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Stella Nyanzi hospitalized after release from police custody

Ugandan activist, Dr Stella Nyanzi has been released and is currently receiving treatment at a health facility.

This follows what she described as brutality from the Ugandan police in her time in custody.

Hunger Pandemic protests

The police arrested Stella Nyanzi and other activists in Uganda after they came out to demonstrate against the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

While to the outside world, the handling of the illness in Uganda has been spectacular, low-income Ugandans have come out to protest the stringent measures and police brutality.

Dr Stella Nyanzi and others came out to protest for free food supply to all homes. Also, they called for the loosening of some of the stringent measures in place.

Bruised and in pain

“After we were released on police bond from Central Police Station, I was carried by friends to a private clinic for emergency care. My body was bruised and in severe pain caused by unnecessary arrests. My blood pressure was high. I was unable to support myself but had to be carried.” Part of her statement on Facebook reads.

However, Nyanzi revealed that she would not let the cause die as she was restless to go back and protest for food for Ugandans.

“After two days of bed rest and medical treatment, I am restless again. I want to go back to the streets to protest about the lack of food.”

She said that she would take her empty saucepan or cooking pot (symbols of their protests) to the COVID-19 task force.

Protests to continue

Dr Stella Nyanzi vowed to continue with her activism until the government adequately fed its people and stops violating human rights during this crisis.

So far, Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda have imposed lockdowns to curb the spread of COVID-19. However, citizens in all three countries have raised concern against police brutality.

Kenyan police have so far revealed a new side of brutality that has seen them kill countless people. At one point, they had killed more than COVID-19.



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