Embattled Makerere University researcher Dr Stella Nyanzi has defended school of Education pictured semi-nude at a finalists’ dinner at Fairway Hotel in Kampala at the weekend.
The University dean of students Cyriaco Kabagambe has summoned one of the girls, Rebecca Naddamba, to defend her dress code that contravenes with the institution’s regulations.
But Dr Nyanzi, out of jail on bail and battling cyber harassment and offensive communication, has attacked Kabagambe, arguing that the students are mature enough to know what to do with their bodies.
“Policing and punishing adult women for what they choose to do with their bodies in 2017 is appalling, archaic misogyny! When are patriarchs going to let women be?” Dr Nyanzi wrote on Facebook.
“If you feel so proper, manly, moral and respectable, please sew all women long opaque sacks to wear in public and save your loins from erecting in response to our exposed raw red-hot bodies.”
Nyanzi, who once reportedly referred to Ugandan three-decade ruler Yoweri Museveni as a pair of buttocks, then wondered how the university should be up in arms against the girls.
“Imagine the whole Office of the Dean of Students at Makerere University threatening to penalise an adult student for her dress worn to a finalists’ party! This followed an inquiry launched by the police station on the university campus. Simon Lokodo’s ambiguous Anti-Pornography Act is spreading its poison into free society.”
She has rallied women activists to speak against what she terms “patriarchy at Makerere University”. 7
“I summon all the goddesses that exist to protect femininity and freedom of (bodily) expression. Women in Uganda need deliverance from the ugly chains of these controlling misogynists!”