Stella Nyanzi blocked from flying to the Netherlands

Dr Stella Nyanzi

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  • When contacted, Dr Nyanzi said she could not understand why she had to be held back or blacklisted from traveling abroad.

KAMPALA. Immigration officials at Entebbe International Airport on Sunday stopped outspoken Makerere university researcher, Dr Stella Nyanzi, from leaving the country allegedly on police orders.
Mr Jacob Siminyu, the spokesperson of the Internal Affairs ministry under which the Immigration directorate falls, said they received instructions from police’s Criminal Investigations Directorate to prevent Dr Nyanzi from travelling because she has a case to answer.
Detectives on March 7, 2017 questioned Dr Stella over her acerbic facebook posts in which she attacked both President Museveni and First Lady Janet for allegedly running down Uganda. Police did not prefer any immediate charges against her or announce their next course of action.
“At Entebbe Airport, on my way to University of Amsterdam for an academic conference entitled 'Dissident Desires - Africa/ Asia: Critical Comparative Analyses on Gender and Sexuality,” Dr Nyanzi wrote on her facebook shortly after an Immigration officer informed her that her name was on a blacklist.

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