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Ugandan activist Stella Nyanzi ‘conned’ in Nairobi

By Nyaboga Kiage September 21st, 2022 2 min read

Controversial activist Stella Nyanzi says she’s been duped by a car dealer in a rental deal gone sour. Nyanzi, a Ugandan scholar, is currently on a tour of Kenya as she bids to promote her books.

She said on Wednesday via her socials she had been duped into parting with cash in exchange for a rental car only for the owner to fail in keeping his part of the bargain. She described the incident as ‘Kenyan thuggery.’

And speaking to Nairobi News, the former researcher at Makerere University, who is a beneficiary of the Writers-in-Exile program at Pen- Zentrum, narrated how she hired the silver grey Voxy which she planned to use for travel to Mombasa.

“They asked that we pay Sh6500 per day and we hired the car for three days. The person who gave us the car is one David who insisted we pay upfront,” Nyanzi told Nairobi News.

She embarked on the 500km Nairobi to Mombasa only for the vehicle to ‘suddenly stop’ at Makindu, some 107km from Nairobi.

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“We pushed the car off the road and got two local mechanics from Makindu who both confirmed that the vehicle’s tracking device had locked the car. We informed the so-called David, who refused to refund our money paid to him to hire the Voxy for three days. He lied to us that he was sending us a replacement car,” she narrated.

Dr Nyanzi who unsuccessfully contested for the Kampala Woman Representative seat in the January 2021 polls says the man who leased the car finally arrived, ordered them to remove all their valuables from the car before speeding off.

As a result she has been forced to cancel her poetry session in Mombasa having held similar functions in Nairobi, Kisumu and Nakuru.

Her books are titled as Eulogies of my mouth, No Roses from my mouth and Poems from prison.

In 2021, the vocal Nyanzi fled Uganda with her three children initially for Nairobi before heading to Germany citing threats to her life by authorities.

Known for her hard-hitting and vulgar messages on social media, Nyanzi has previously been arrested and jailed for 18 months on accusations of abusing the first family on social media.

She is also remembered for stripping naked and screaming in protest in a fight over office space during her stint as a lecturer at Makerere University