Besigye Attends Wife’s Doctorate Award Ceremony

Former opposition Presidential candidate Col Dr Kizza Besigye yesterday took time off to attend his wife’s milestone doctorate award ceremony in Manchester, medical UK.

Dr Besigye, who left Uganda for the United States on Monday night, was present as the University of Manchester as his wife Winnie Byanyima was awarded an honorary doctorate for her efforts in championing women’s rights and emancipation in Africa and globally as the head of Oxfam International.

Besigye left the country to attend to unmentioned Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) business in the United States.

It was still unclear whether or not he returned to the England for his wife’s function.

“I also don’t know how he did it; maybe you should ask him,” said FDC’s chief mobilizer Ingrid Turinawe when contacted on the matter.

Besigye and Winnie at a dinner after the awards ceremony
Besigye (3rd left) and Winnie (C) at a dinner after the awards ceremony

At the event, Byanyima delivered the keynote address titled, ‘Advancing Women’s Rights in an Unequal World: A personal perspective,’ in which she extolled her deceased mother and grandmother, who she said determined her current success.

Although she graduated from the University of Manchester with a bachelor’s degree and a Masters in Aeronautic engendering, Byanyima revealed that she spent most of her time at the campus reading books on social justice and political studies.

Byanyima was awarded with a doctorate by her former university
Byanyima was awarded with a doctorate by her former university

“I although I was studying Aeronautical engineering, I spent most of the time in the Anthropology library reading everything I could about social justice and political struggle. I got my degree in engineering and a Masters but my heart was in political struggle,” she said.


Byanyima says it was no surprise that when she was contacted by Rebel leader Yoweri Museveni while in her final exams to join in the struggle to end dictatorship in Uganda, she didn’t hesitate.

“I came to this University a refugee and I went home a revolutionary. A spark was burning inside me for political change. ”

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