The Monitor (Kampala)

12 September 2003

Uganda: MPs Blast Gae

Kampala — The heroic welcome Mr Gaetano Jjuuko Kagwa received on his return from South Africa has upset some Members of Parliament.

Gaetano, returned home with his intimate friend, South African Abergail Plaatjes (Abby) from the Big Brother Africa house.

Some MPs The Monitor talked to at Parliament yesterday felt that Gaetano did not deserve that kind of reception.

They said such a welcome would send the wrong signals to the young generation.

They said children would try to emulate Gaetano's sex exploits with Abby as a route to stardom.

"Ugandans must be crazy. Gaetano ashamed us by having live sex on TV before 25 million Africans and you turn up in thousands to welcome him," said MP Partick Amuriat (Kumi).

Soroti woman MP, Alice Alaso said Gaetano should be condemned for promoting Uganda using his sexual prowess.

Amuriat and Alaso said God answered their prayers. They were happy Gaetano missed the $100,000 cash prize, which Zambia's Cherise Makubale won.

The two MPs also wondered how Ugandans could shed tears because Gaetano lost out. Worker's MP, Ms Teopista Ssentongo, Ms Anifa Kawooya (Sembabule woman), Mr Suleimain Madada (Bbaale) and Mr Reagan Okumu (Aswa) said Gaetano's supporters are idle.

"Why not welcome real Ugandan stars like athlete Dorcus Inzikuru?" Capt. Steven Baliza (Buharya) asked.

Ms Annette Mukabera (Kisoro woman) and Ms Justine Kasule (Bugiri woman) said Gaetano's support represents what Ugandans stand for- immorality.

However, MPs Ms Loyce Bwambale (Kasese), Mr Francis Mukama (Kigulu North), Ms Margaret Zziwa (Kampala woman) and Mr Rex Aachila (Jie) were supportive of Gaetano. They said he promoted Uganda.

The Minister of State for Lands, Mr Baguma Isoke, said the support Gaetano enjoyed on his return reflects what society stands for.

But not all talk was negative at the house - the Northern Youth MP, Dan Kidega said government and NGOs should use Gaetano in their anti-Aids campaigns because "he is the hottest property on the market at the moment".

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