Rotary Club set a trap to have Stella Nyanzi arrested – Nyanzi team reveals

The Stella Nyanzi team has exposed the Rotary Club Kampala Metropolitan to have been behind the arrest of Stella Nyanzi who was arrested during her guest appearance as a speaker on the talk organized by the Rotary Club at Mackinnon suites Kampala.

According to the post made by the team of Stella Nyanzi who are currently running the Facebook profile of Stella Nyanzi and posting on her behalf as she is on her 14 day remand in Luzira, they said that Rotary Club contacted Stella Nyanzi on March 30th to be one of their guest speakers at the conference themed ‘Menstruation, Girl Child Education and Development; The Sustainability Question in Uganda’.

Rotary Club went ahead to promise that they would partner with Stella Nyanzi in her Pads4GirlsUg campaign. On learning that Rotary Club had a similar project called ‘A million Pads, A million girls’, Stella Nyanzi was convinced and agreed to work with Rotary Club.

The team says that during the talk, Stella Nyanzi adhered to the rules of the talk by twisting in her language and eluding away from the political talk focusing only on the theme. It was during the talk that Mackinnon Suites was surrounded by security operatives and team Nyanzi together with Rotary Club started forging ways of making Stella Nyanzi go home unharmed.

“Having realized that the venue of the fellowship (Mackinnon suites) was surrounded by intelligence operatives, Dr Nyanzi was sneaked out through a back route and taken to a different location by one Mahad Mutebi, the Rotarian who had approached Stella and her team.” Team Stella Nyanzi explains.

The Campaign’s Legal Coordinators and Publicity Chair also used a back route to a nearby hotel where they were to meet Stella Nyanzi and they go home but as they were waiting for her, they received a call confirming her disappearance.

“Whilst waiting for her arrival, they (the Legal Coordinators and Publicity chair) received a phone call that confirmed Dr Nyanzi’s disappearance. They were informed that the car in which she had been, had been found with the door wide open and the occupant (Stella) had been taken by eight men, three of whom had pistols- the said eight men were allegedly travelling in three black cars. Dr Nyanzi is said to have been carried out of the car and bundled up into the back of one of the vehicles that the intelligence operatives were using.” Stella Nyanzi team continues.

To the surprise of Stella Nyanzi team, Mahad Mutebi who had taken Stella Nyanzi through the back route refused to go with Stella Nyanzi team to report to the police the disappearance of Nyanzi and has since then refused meeting them five times as they try to contact him.

Stella Nyanzi team has since asked itself various questions concerning the role that Rotary Club played in the arrest of Stella Nyanzi asking themselves why Rotary Club has remained silent since their Guest speaker went missing, why Stella Nyanzi was taken out by Mahadi Mutebi when the session was still going on and why Rotary Club is refusing to meet the team of Dr. Stella Nyanzi since her arrest.

Here is the official statement from Team Stella Nyanzi regarding the role played by Rotary Club in the arrest of Stella Nyanzi.

On 30th March 2017, Stella Nyanzi and the #Pads4GirlsUg Publicist met with a representative of Rotary Club of Kampala Metropolitan. They discussed a partnership in which the said club would help #Pads4GirlsUg raise more sanitary towels to be given to underprivileged school girls in Uganda. Stella was informed that the club had a similar campaign dubbed, “ A million Pads, A million Girls” and seeing an opportunity

to reach more girls even faster, she agreed to the partnership.

She was also requested to give a talk during their fellowships, which she agreed to. Fast forward, on 7thApril 2017, exactly one month after the launch of the campaign, Dr Nyanzi attended the Rotary Fellowship she had been invited to address; she adhered to the house rules and did not use any profanities or address any political issues during the talk which was themed ‘Menstruation, Girl Child Education and Development; The Sustainability Question in Uganda’.

Having realised that the venue of the fellowship (Mackinnon suites) was surrounded by intelligence operatives, Dr Nyanzi was sneaked out through a back route and taken to a different location by one Mahad Mutebi, the Rotarian who had approached Stella and her team.

The Campaign’s Legal Coordinators and Publicity Chair also used a back route to a nearby hotel where they expected to meet Dr Nyanzi and find their way back to their respective homes. Whilst waiting for

her arrival, they (the Legal Coordinators and Publicity chair) received a phone call that confirmed Dr Nyanzi’s disappearance. They were informed that the car in which she had been, had been found with the door wide open and the occupant (Stella) had been taken by eight men, three of whom had pistols-

the said eight men were allegedly traveling in three black cars. Dr Nyanzi is said to have been carried out of the car and bundled up into the back of one of the vehicles that the intelligence operatives were using.

Mahad Mutebi, the last person to have seen Stella before her arrest bluntly refused to go to police with the rest of Stella’s team to record a statement the very night she was taken. He has also been elusive and refuses to meet with the team even though they have on more than five occasions reached out to

him. The Rotary Club of Kampala Metropolitan has not issued a statement and didn’t even raise a concern about the unfortunate disappearance of their guest speaker. They have not even reached out to

find out how Stella is doing or how her children are faring; and they say theirs is service above self?

A number of questions have been raised and since they refuse to take a meeting, we will ask the questions here

1. Why is Rotary silent yet they were very vocal in publicizing Stella’s guest appearance?

2. What is Rotary’s position on Mahad Mutebi walking Stella out while the session was still going on? (Could this have been a trap?)

3. Why have they remained silent since Stella was taken?

4. What support has Rotary extended to Stella’s children and family since her disappearance?

5. Why have they refused to meet Stella’s campaign team or even hand over the money that was generously given by the citizens of Uganda that very evening?

6. Is there anything Rotary Club of Kampala Metropolitan wishes they had done differently that evening?

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Nasa Tushabe

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