KAMPALA — Comedian Hannington Bugingo has fired a shot towards the new Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among — accusing the Bukedea District Woman MP of Skin Lightening.
“Congrats AAA, [Anita Annet Among], We pray that you use your new office to empower our daughters, sisters, wives to love themselves the way they are. If you don’t love yourself and who you’re, who will you or them,” he wrote, before including a harsh tag: #BleachingEndsWithYou.
Bugingo’s comments have be seen as a direct riposte to the Deputy Speaker Among —with social media commentators warning the Fun Factory Managing Director of likely consequences for attacking the Country’s Number 5.
Skin lightening, a common practice in Uganda, is something that few women will admit to although it has been around for decades.
But the World Health Organisation warns that skin bleaching can cause liver and kidney damage, psychosis, brain damage in fetuses and cancer.
Bugingo slammed critics of his attacks on the deputy speaker, asking them to reach out Ms. Among to Emancipate herself from alleged mental and colonial slavery.
“My sister, when are u Bleaching to become Black….? Tell your boss to emancipate herself From Mental and colonial slavery and Non but herself can free her mind …. She now has A Biiig Office so the #BleachingEndsWithHer.
“It’s her choice Mr comedy. Stick to making money to feed your family. Let me give u news, she is the Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Uganda. Find inspiration and aim high….! Your comments wont change that fact,” a one Aisha Alibhai wrote back, appearing to be defending skin lightening.
” As long as she doesn’t use our money to…. 🤣 she is entitled to her choice. But clearly I have no positive expectations,” one Facebook user wrote.
Ms. Among was Monday Night elected Deputy Speaker of the 11th Parliament with overwhelming majority after beating her two male contenders; Kampala Central MP Muhammad Nsereko (Independent) and Mawokota South MP Yusuf Nsibambi (FDC).
Ms Among got 415 votes while her closet contender, Mr Nsibambi got 35. Mr Nsereko trailed with 24 votes.
She was declared winner by the newly elected Speaker of the House, Jacob Oulanyah who doubles as Omoro County MP.
Mr Oulanyah who was deputy Speaker of the 9th and 10th Parliament trounced her former boss, Ms Rebecca Kadaga to become Speaker of the 11th Parliament.
Ms Among was Monday nominated for the position of Deputy Speaker by Ajuri County MP, Denis Hamson Obua and seconded by Rushenyi county MP, Ms Naome Kabasharira during the first sitting of the 11th Parliament at Kololo Airstrip, Kampala.