I am Not Mrs Besigye – Byanyima

Winnie Byanyima says she has her name and Dr Besigye has his own

Jeannette Kagame, Margaret Wanjiru Kenyatta, Janet Magufuli, Janet Museveni, Michelle Obama,  Lyudmila Putina etcetera; it is traditionally fashionable one could say, for most First Ladies around the world to want to carry the last names of their husbands.

This in most cases is to underscore the potency and significance of their marriages and family, behind the presidential scene.

But in the event that her husband Col Dr Kizza Besigye wins this month’s presidential elections, sharing his name will be the least of Oxfam International Executive Director Winnie Byanyima’s concerns.

And last evening she felt the urge to emphasize this to her social media followers, who thought she perhaps wouldn’t mind as First Lady being called Mrs Winnie Byanyima Besigye.

“My name is Winnie Karagwa Byanyima full stop,” she responded to one suggestive tweet, before adding, “Kizza Besigye is my spouse. He has his name and I have mine. I hope this clarifies. Thanks for asking.”

Pushed further by a one Alice Ruhindi on whether she intended to become “Mrs Besigye,” the former Mbarara MP replied: “I am not Mrs. Besigye period. Does it bother you?”

Byanyima, a staunch feminist is remembered during her time in Ugandan politics to have greatly pushed for women’s rights, a cause she has continued to champion on the global scene.

In one of her recent articles she stressed, “The empowerment of women needs to move beyond noble declarations and into the real world of concrete rights – starting with the crucial issue of equal property rights.”


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