Ugandan Political Activist Barbara Allimadi Passes Away
Bobi Wine and other opposition leaders have paid tribute to Barbara Allimadi, the political activist known for her defiant 'bra protests', who has recently passed away.
Allimadi's brother, Milton Allimadi confirmed the news of her death in a statement saying, "Family and friends, it is with a very heavy heart that we announce the sudden passing our site Barbara Allimadi." He added that, "She was also an activist, a champion of democracy in Uganda. She will be greatly missed."
Back in 2012, Allimadi organised mass demonstrations after a woman was allegedly assaulted by a police officer in broad daylight. The protests became infamous in Uganda and were referred to as the "bra protests".
Speaking in an interview with The Observer, Allimadi described her decision to protest saying, "...I was seriously offended that a police force that is supposed to protect us had assaulted a woman in front of everyone." She went on to add that, "I had lost fear and respect for the police and I was not afraid to show my bra [yeah, the image of those fierce women in bras is a lasting one]." Asked whether she was afraid to show her bra, she replied simply, "All my bras are beautiful."
Rest in power to a fierce defender of justice.
Read some of the tributes to Allimadi on social media below:
With deep shock & profound grief, I learnt of the untimely passing of our sister Barbara Allimadi. She has been a f… https://t.co/gdkldH9yn7— BOBI WINE (@BOBI WINE)1588046858.0
We extend our condolences to the family of the late Barbara Allimadi, and the ANT party. May Barbara's soul rest in… https://t.co/vSJc8qRySC— Joel Ssenyonyi (@Joel Ssenyonyi)1588072470.0
I'm extremely sad to learn about Ms. Barbara Allimadi's sudden departure from us. Barbara, was a distinguished pers… https://t.co/z7JxNZ769r— Winnie Kiiza (@Winnie Kiiza)1588058603.0
It is with deep sadness that we have learnt of the untimely passing of Barbara Allimadi. She has been a valiant, re… https://t.co/ALXZnvdSts— Akina Mama wa Afrika (@Akina Mama wa Afrika)1588069405.0
It is with great sadness that a bright flame , the iron woman ,a lioness @ballimadi has gone to meet the Lord. Ma… https://t.co/ObMlXdit5V— BLACK LIVES MATTER (@BLACK LIVES MATTER)1588066430.0
Sad to hear of the sudden passing of the ever gentle Engr Barbara Allimadi @ballimadi . This is so shocking. This… https://t.co/bplm4Tsg5j— Faustina Anyanwu (@Faustina Anyanwu)1588073281.0
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