Views from Fiona: Kimansulo

Views from Fiona: Kimansulo


As more and more Ugandans are drawn to the internet, so are those who wish to service their needs.

By Fiona Abaasa
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First published: August 13, 2005


The striptease craze better known as kimansulo here in Uganda has finally hit our dusty streets with a bang leaving an acrid taste in the mouths of some Ugandans for some time. Now it looked like then dust had settled until two weeks ago or so when Hot Enterprises inc. launched their website labeling it as Africa's Premier Adult Website with nude pictures of Ugandan babes in compromising positions.


The pretenders were left reeling in shock and the Christians agape. The police and minister of ethics and integrity came out strongly to castigate the promoters of this 'business' and promised Ugandans there will be an investigation into these porn sites. However the investigation hit a snag. The Ugandan laws are not clear on how to prosecute the bimansulist [pun intended] or those involved.

Back on the web site, the booty is 'hot' stuff and you only pay $20 for you to feast on these babes, it is even rated by region. Some are subtitled as bored housewives, campus girls, secondary gals and some 'ladies of the night.' In this potholed city of ours, the magnitude of shock was varying from Christians who say it is outrageous for the body is Gods temple, to others who say it is okay or at least the girls earned a dime. Some were left speechless because one of the ladies was a girlfriend of a senior official in Uganda Revenue Authority.

It is believed that some were duped or fell into a trap by their own folly but others were paid 3m to strut their stuff. According to impeccable sources, some girls were diddled with a promise that their pictures were to appear in US and Canadian magazines. How gullible! One of the identified girls gave an interview to Uganda's first tabloid The Red Pepper claiming they were ripped off. The story which first came out in two of Uganda's dailies shocked a few.

On the streets people had a lot say. Mr. Senkaya says it's wrong and degrading to undress for all simply to earn quick cash, adding that it demeans womanhood. Kyomugisha has no kind words for the girls in those pictures or the promoters saying both are vultures. However others begged to differ; a lady [names withheld] had this to say; Ugandans should open their eyes wider and stop being hypocrites. She continued that if they can go to houses where bimansulo are staged to watch, then what's wrong with watching the ones on the Internet? They are willing adults. She asks, "What moral authority do those who castigate them have?"

I am no moralist but the reality is striptease is here with us. To watch or not to watch is the ultimate question.

By Fiona Abaasa
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First published: August 13, 2005
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