//Uganda: Doreen Nyanjura, 31, new Deputy Mayor of Kampala

Uganda: Doreen Nyanjura, 31, new Deputy Mayor of Kampala

Appointed to this post on Thursday, June 18 by the Mayor of Kampala, Erias Lukwago, she is also a municipal councilor, representing Makerere University in Kampala Capital City Authority, the governing body of Kampala, the capital and largest city of ‘Uganda. She was elected to her current position in 2016. Her inspirations: Dr Besigye, the late Winnie Mandela, Che Guevara, Thomas Sankara, Steve Biko and other global revolutionaries.

Doreen Nyanjura was born in 1989 in Fort Portal, in western Uganda. She is the third born in a family of seven brothers and sisters. A member of the opposition political party “Forum for Democratic Change” (FDC), Doreen Nyanjura began her political activism in 2001, at the age of 12. She had then become a fanatic of Dr Kizza Besigye, candidate for the 2001 and 2006 presidential elections in Uganda and president of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC). While many people praised Yoweri Museveni around him, Doreen Nyanjura wondered why the then candidate Dr Besigye was hated and called a rebel.

“Everyone was talking about Museveni and they rarely talked about Dr. Besigye. It was an unfair act because he had been isolated. I started to take an interest in him and innocently told my dad to vote for him. It was wrong for people to crucify him before reading his manifesto ”, declared Doreen Nyanjura during an interview in 2018. The young woman then began to follow the political activities of Dr. Besigye“ I had read a lot about Besigye and the ideals he stood for. His love for a better Uganda inspired me so much and in him I saw a new Uganda with systems that benefit all Ugandans equally. “

So she decided to get a special notebook and started documenting all the news about Kizza Besigye. She also bought a small radio to listen specifically to news about him. “I would go to the library and cut pictures of Besigye from newspapers and put them in my album, just to keep the memories of a man whose political project was focused on the rule of law, truth and justice. “ . Doreen Nyanjura wanted to see all presidential candidates campaign freely without being intimidated. She continued her political activism at school, where she was elected president of the school board she attended, thanks to popularity gained as she spoke out against her school’s poor leadership.

In 2009, she was admitted to Makerere University, Uganda’s largest and oldest public university, where she obtained a BA in Tourism as well as an MA in Public Policy. After joining Makerere University, Doreen Nyanjura’s first task was to understand the political dynamics and the roots of the FDC within the university. But much to his disappointment, the party lacked structures that would form a formidable force against any kind of injustice that might erupt in the country’s oldest learning institution. One of his hardest jobs has been building structures.“I began to mobilize in student homes, conference rooms, halls and other public places on campus to do party marketing, and insisting on the need to review the overall management of the country » , She explained during an interview.

Her activism led her to be named vice-president of the student council. Demonstrations against poor administration have become a daily occurrence. She sometimes used her money to fund FDC activities within the university and has shown unwavering zeal and motivation to change the living conditions of students and Ugandans in general. Her activism caught the attention of FDC national leaders who then connected her to Besigye. Since then, she has always been by his side.

In 2012, Doreen Nyanjura and Ibrahim Bagaya Kisubi were arrested for co-writing the book “Is It a Fundamental Change? “. The book criticized the ruling political party, the National Resistance Movement. The two co-perpetrators were tried in the absence of their lawyers, sent to Luzira high security prison in pre-trial detention for several days before they could be released on bail. But, this ordeal reinforced Doreen Nyanjura’s thirst for justice.  “As a new inmate, I was forced to wear a uniform stained with menstrual blood by another inmate. All this experience has taught me that there is no easy path to freedom. The more I was mistreated, the more I thought about how to maintain the spirit of the struggle ”, she recalls. But, when his parents visited him in prison, his father asked him to finish his studies so that he could resume my activism work. “I took his advice,” she says.

Unlike most students who drop out of politics after graduation, Doreen Nyanjura has decided to continue. She reveals that she turned down an opportunity at National Social Security because she did not want to jeopardize her struggle for freedom. She chose to work temporarily in Parliament, doing research for some opposition MPs, which she says was a good start for her.

After obtaining her first degree, Doreen Nyanjura turned down a permanent post at the Uganda National Social Security Fund because she did not want to jeopardize her struggle for freedom. Instead, she chose to work temporarily in Parliament, doing research for some opposition MPs. In 2016, she won, with a landslide victory, the post of city councilor, representative of Makerere University, at Kampala Capital City Authority, Kampala city hall in 2016.

At Town Hall, she has since partnered with other dynamic young councilors to demand better services and improve the livelihoods of city dwellers.

Source: africanshapers.com


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