The battle between Makerere University academics, Dr. Stella Nyanzi amd Prof. mahmood Mamdani, could make a good Hollywood script. Wait a minute, Hollwyood is already part of the mix as renowned film Director Mira Nair has been dragged into the saga.
Mira Nair who is behind films like Missisipi Masala, Monsoon Wedding, Salam Bombay and the soon to be released Queen of Katwe that features Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o is the wife of Dr. Nyanzi’s boss Mamdani and Nyanzi has just revealed that he offered her office space for her film business at the Makerere Institute of Social Research for several years, yet she is not an employee of the university.
Nyanzi was evicted from her office by Mamdani for refusal to take part in his Phd programme. After a letter from the Vice Chancellor quashing Mamdani’s directive, Nyanzi refused to leave office. But she was surprised to find the corridor leading to her office locked with a padlock and she posted a photo on social media, giving a middle finger to the old professor.
The finger sign was not enough as she decided to blow the lid on Mamdani misusing his office for the benefit of his family.
“Now, the fact that I have never given my current boss a bite of my succulent, big, fat, juicy, sizzling-hot pussy-cat, is killing my access to my office space at Makerere University. I swear to God, this must be a probable reason for evicting me from my office. I mean, this man, Mahmood Mamdani gave his wife full access to a block of three offices and a toilet for eons upon eons of his duration as Director of Makerere Institute of Social Research. She used this block of public offices at Makerere University for her private film business called Maisha. Towakana! Abantu balamu bwebatyo!” Nyanzi posted on her Facebook wall.
The Maisha Film lab is Mira Nair’s initiative to develop film in Africa and Asia.
“What qualifies Mahmood Mamdani’s wife to bring her Maisha Film Business into the public spaces of Makerere Institute of Social Research? What? Mira Nair, her beauty, talent and positive attributes notwithstanding, is NOT and has never been an employee of Makerere University. Why did Mahmood Mamdani give his wife Mira three office units and a toilet, if it were not because his brain was going miaw-miaw-miaw?” Nyanzi retorted.
“Was there a written agreement for this rental deal or was it only pussy-cat power making Mamdani violate MISR? If there was a written rental agreement, was it taken to the PPDU committee of Makerere University that decides about space? Was there an advertisement put in the papers for applicants for the space? Did the DVC – FA approve this nepotism? Was the contract signed between Mahmood Mamdani and Mira Nair? Huh! Did he sign it before, during or after the eating of the pussy-cat in question? How much money did Maisha pay to MISR for rent? Who received that money? What was that money used for? If the money was not used, where is it?” Nyanzi went on.
“At what point in time, did Makerere Institute of Social Research become an extension of Mahmood and Mira’s marital bed? Hmm! Mamdani can shamelessly afford to give three office units and one toilet to his wife who is not a public servant, but is throwing me out of my office! This pussy-cat eating nepotism is not acceptable in our public institutions of higher education. MISR is part of a public university. Mahmood Mamdani must be named and shamed for being a man who personalises government institutions. Mahmood Mamdani’s high handedness is responsible for the #RotAtMISR!”
“If I serve Mahmood Mamdani with my big fat juicy pussy-cat, will he give me a block at MISR with three offices and a toilet? Will he rethink my eviction. When the worst comes to the worst, I will dare undress and serve myself up to Mahmood Mamdani in order to retain my office.”
We are yet to see the end of this.