On Bad Black: Rev. Lokodo will you work for free? No, I didn’t so.

Bad Black aka Shanitah Namuyimbwa have hit a nerve again. This time she has pushed the Minster of the State for Integrity and Ethics Reverend Simon Lokodo to comment on her reasoning for getting money for her work with a COVID-19 advert for the Ministry of Health.

What is really strange, Reverend Lokodo? Are you saying you want to work for free as well? As you are a public official and civil servant? Do you want to work without a salary, emoluments and other allowances for playing your part as a Minister and a Member of Parliament.

As a man of both state and faith? Don’t you think contract workers, working on commission for certain short-term projects and such? Is that what your saying to the likes of Bad Black who did a gig?

So, your gig work, your sudden showing up with nonsense comments. Should that be done for free too? We haven’t seen or heard from you in a year or two Mr. Minister. It is like dolphins and scarecrows are more common in Kampotholo, than seeing your face in a newspaper. You are so far into oblivion. We had forgotten you where there. In this regard, the milk cartoon person with a someone gone missing was soon issued to you.

I’m wonder if the Minister himself knows the Leadership Code Act of 1992 section 14(i)?

It states:

14. General conduct prejudicial to the interests of the State.

not—

(1) Without derogating from any other written law, a leader shall

(j) do or direct to be done in abuse of his or her office any act prejudicial to the rights of any person or obtain an unfair advantage over his or her subordinates, including abuse of the rights of members of the opposite sex, through, among other acts, the use of coercion, threat or harassment” (Leadership Code Act, 1992).

Because the statement from the supposed honourable minister today was this:

If she continues threatening the government, we shall lock her up for days as a punishment” (…) “We can appreciate her for a good job but she should not forcefully demand the money” (Lokodo, 17.06.2020).

I also want to remind the honourable Minister of the Employment Act of 1977 section 31:

Nothing in this Act shall render illegal any agreement or contract with an employee for giving him or her, as a remuneration for his or her services, in addition to money wages, food, a dwelling place or such other allowances or privileges as may be customary in the trade or occupation concerned; except that—

only such allowances or privileges may be given under this section as are appropriate for the personal use and benefit of the employee and his or her family; and

the value attributable to the allowances or privileges shall not exceed the cost to the employer of providing them” (Employment Act, 1977).

This act itself states that other wages are allowed and that a person working should get remuneration for the work rendered. That is what Bad Black has done with her ad for the Ministry of Health. Because why else should she has said what she did and on that format at that given time?

She is usually doing something else. To be frank, she’s a whole other kind than the typical models or socialites doing. Everyone cannot sell air-time like Sheila Gashumba. Bad Black needs other revenue streams, but this time she had gotten promise a pay-off for her services to the Ministry of Health. Those should be rendered. It shouldn’t be that hard, but maybe they are not able to pop-it off?

Well, the Minister should know the laws. He should understand the plight of people not paid for their work. Bad Black is maybe not the ordinary citizens, but when she works she should get paid. That is what everyone expects when they put work in. No matter how small or how little. What matters is that you ticked in and did your job. That should the Reverend Lokodo know, but apparently that is to much for to know. So maybe he can live on a prayer and hope the blessings from the sky will save him? Peace.

Opinion: State Minister Kiwanda indirectly saying, the Republic got Curvy Woman for Sale!

In his efforts to upheave Uganda’s Tourism , Minister Kiwanda Suubi has launched Miss curvaceous Pageant where Ugandan Hot Ladies will unleash what their Mama gave them. Women with Body Curves will get into competition in the name of Boasting Tourism in Uganda” (87.7 Kampala FM, 06.02.2019).

When, the State Minister for Tourism Godfrey Kiwanda, whose been busy appointing different Tourism Ambassadors over the last 6 months. Has now fresh ideas to spark interest and create more tourism to the Republic. However, it is a bit worrying, the initiative and the idea itself.

We have naturally endowed nice looking women that are amazing to look at. Why don’t we use these people as a strategy to promote our tourism industry?” – Godfrey Kiwanda.

What this really shows is how the State Minister objectifies the woman, the ones of his preferences, as he has proven that with who he appoints as Ambassadors under his ministry. That Kiwanda likes woman is now public. That he enjoys their company and hires them. That is more than proven. The reason why he changes and appoints new ambassadors for various of reasons.

Whatever that strikes his mind, that the Miss Curvy Pageant would be a good idea? Who knows really, but he is already in a Republic with Miss Tourism Uganda and other pageants for international shows of similar kind. What he has created is after his preference and what he looks for in woman.

But what is even more striking is that he is proclaiming, that Curvy woman is a product to sell the Republic. That the woman is a perk and speciality of the Republic. He is indirectly saying their sexiness and beauty is something that will attract tourist. So, is the State Minister indirectly saying, he is looking for Sex-Tourism and the ones going to the Red-Light Districts to solicit woman?

Because, when you make a person, a individual as a product, they usually tend to deliver a service and get paid for it. In this instance, it is disgusting, if that is the idea or the ideal of the Minister. That he wants to use the beauty of woman to allure people, who comes there to get laid. That is how it seems to me. That is if he really claims the curvy ladies should be a promotion tool to gain interest in tourism.

Woman are not tourism attractions, they are not objects for sale. That should be so simple and not hard to understand. Whatever way Kiwanda is looking at it. If he thinks this is smart move, he is foolish and makes his Ministry looking like an open-air bazaar.

Ugandan woman, woman in general deserves better. They deserves to handled and talked about in whole another manner. They are more valuable, than being a promotional tool. They are not for sale. That should be so easy to see and say.

Kiwanda should know this, because he is really out of bounds here. He should apologize and scrap the idea. This is chauvinism and also paternalism at its worst. Kiwanda isn’t honouring the culture or celebrating woman, but he is trading them away for some foreign exchange. That isn’t romantic or even noble, that is demeaning and disgraceful.

Time to step up and take a bow, Mr. Kiwanda. Peace.

Opinion: Rev. Lokodo need to look into Kiwanda’s business – Off hiring and firing Tourism Ambassadors!

Reverend Simon Lokodo, whose the Minister of Ethics and Integrity soon has to challenge and look into Godfrey Kiwanda, the Minister of Tourism. Because, this man is really into ladies. In a way that no other Minister in the National Resistance Movement (NRM) is, except for Godfrey Bukenya whose leaked online photos with younger ladies all the time.

However, this more about how Kiwanda uses his position, not only to promote Uganda, but also handpicks a set of woman to titled and honourable work, like Tourism Ambassador of the Republic. That is what he has been working on lately.

There is already a yearly Miss Tourism Pageant, but none of them there has been hired for post. Which should be a natural thing. However, the Minister having been doling the Tourism Ambassador around. He has been hiring and firing for the last six months.

First, it was Zari Hassan, the socialite was hired and went all around with the Minister to Photo-Ops, even got a famous picture with guards with AK-47s as she was posing. That was just natural for the one and only Tourism Ambassador.

Second, in the middle of January 2019, as Miss World Africa of 2018 Quinn Abenakyo kicked Zari Hassan to the curb and became the newly appointed Tourism Ambassador.

However, that wasn’t as long or with anything memorable done. It was like a short-fling, nothing serious. Just puppy-love for the Minister, who lost interest very quick after the appointment.

As of today, it has been announced, that the busy-body of a Minister. The man, who always has a beauty on payroll. Has changed his mind. The Miss World Africa wasn’t up for the gig of Tourism Ambassador after all.

Therefore, he had to appoint the NBS Television Katch Up Host Anita Fabiola aka Fabiola as the newly minted Tourism Ambassador.

There has been more changes in this position as in any given other institution in Uganda. You would think that this is the most prestigious, the most honourable and best paid. That this what to aim for, as if you want to be somebody. You got to have on your CV, that you were the Tourism Ambassador. That is just it.

I’m wondering, when is Shanita Namuyimba aka “Bad Black” appointed, maybe by March 2019? Or anyone else for that matter?

Seriously, the Minister is too busy appointing these people for this one position. Is that the only thing he does? Haven’t he a Tourism Board and Wildlife to ensure? Doesn’t the Minister have enough Museums and Heritage sites to take care of?

We all know that those tasks cannot be as fun for a man, as the opportunity to bask in the glory of beautiful woman. That must be the reason why he does this and that is why Rev. Lokodo has to look into his ethics. Because, he has now passed through three ambassadors and for unknown reasons fired two of them. Therefore, Simon, you got a task to handle.

For the rest of us. Lets continue to watch the show. Peace.