How Stella Nyanzi intercepted, her passport confiscated, stopped from leaving the country

At Entebbe Airport, on her way to University of Amsterdam (Netherlands ) for an academic conference entitled ‘Dissident Desires – Africa/ Asia: Critical Comparative Analyses on Gender and Sexuality’, the sweet looking tiny immigration officer double-checks her computer screen after screening her right hand.


She quickly rises from her seat, leaves her booth and marches to another booth with a bigger lady. They return together to the first booth, besides which she was standing (Nyanzi). Again they stare at the hidden computer screen. The fat lady whispers something under her breath and leaves. The sweet looking tiny lady looks up at me, rubs behind her big glasses, and says, “First wait, there is a small problem!”

“My passportwasn held. My boarding passes have been held. This is intrigue! This is intimidation by the state. The suspense is killing me. My plane will start boarding at 02:20AM. Big-bodied immigration soldiers in blue have come. They are speaking in phones. But still I am waiting and typing furiously… Stupid state with stupid computers carrying stupid information on their stupid screens…” Stella Nyanzi said
She was Escorted by two big-bodied police officers, the supervisor on duty of immigration explained to Nyanzi that the person who ordered her earlier summons at CID has barred her from traveling unless she return to CID and get cleared.

“I have refused to leave the airport until my flight departs for Amsterdam via Nairobi. I have the constitutional freedom and right to travel” – She said

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