KAMPALA – On Sunday 16, the Kyadondo East MP Bobi Wine real name Robert Kyagulanyi has come out to remind Ugandans of the jailed Makerere University professor Dr. Stella Nyanzi.
The influential legislator through his social media platforms announced the professor’s 45th birthday that she is actually enjoying from Luzira prison on charges of posting on her Facebook wall indecent words against the president and his late mother.
“Today is Dr. Stella Nyanzi’s 45th birthday. Since 2nd November last year, Dr. Stella has been under detention for no other crime but speaking truth to power. For speaking out against injustice, corruption, nepotism and bad governance,” said Bobi Wine.
He said that nevertheless, jail will never stop the truth. “Even while she is behind the thick walls of Luzira Maximum Security prison, she is not silent. She has refused to be silenced by the prison walls. Her resolve is not diminished.”
Below are some of the Nyanzi’s poems shared by Bobi Wine.
“And today we are blessed to receive 45 powerful poems that she has written from Luzira. They are being shared to celebrate her courage and sacrifice. Here is one of them!,” wrote Bobi Wine on his Facebook page.
ODE TO TRUTH
Truth is like a big Mutuba tree;
Even after chopping it down with an axe,
A strong shoot from the trunk we’ll see.
Truth remains, although it wane or wax.
Although the dictatorship may frighten me
Yet from the truth, I’ll never go lax.
Freedom of speech, internet that’s free!
Truth pervades in spite of the OTT tax.
Truth is like the stain of Matooke sap
Once it enters the fabric of one’s clothes
No amount of strong stain-remover
Can remove it from the stained clothes.
Truth is like a bone of the Tilapia fish
If accidentally eaten as one feared
One must spit it out or choke to death
Truth can never be swallowed or disappeared.
Truth is like a rocket sitting in the chest
If forced down the trachea to avoid shame
It bursts out in the loudest of coughs.
Truth cannot be choked or hidden.
“Happy birthday Stella. May history be kind to you. May posterity never forget your role in the struggle for a free Uganda,” wished the legislator.