The Monitor (Kampala)

21 September 2007

Zambia: Brace Yourselves for Mr Condom

interview

Last week Maxwell Chongu, the Zambian housemate was evicted but he has sexually safe plans. He hopes to start a condom awareness campaign as Zambia's Mr Condom

What next now that you are out of the house?

I am a little sad, because I would have liked to stay longer and win. I hope to start a condom awareness campaign as Zambia's Mr Condom.

I am also looking forward to working with an established company that deals with sexual harassment in the workplace, defilement, rape and abuse of children, HIV/Aids, et cetera.

So did you use a condom during that night of passion you and Lerato had in the penthouse?

No, because I never did anything that required me to use a condom. All we did underneath the duvet was kiss.

What's with your saluting? Were you conscripted at any one time in your life?

No, it is part of my greeting. We hit each other's palms and the backs of our hands thrice, touch the part of the chest where the heart is and then salute, which really means that we promise to respect each other.

You seemed shocked about your nomination forgetting that evictions are very much a part of the Big Brother show...

A lot of people criticised me for being too confident about my nomination, but I was not. When I heard that I was up for eviction, I just slowed down. I was hurt a little and it was difficult to deal with the fact that housemates think you should be evicted.

That Monday when nominations were announced, Lerato, Bertha and Kwaku came outside to comfort me. The others just stayed inside the house laughing and joking.

It came across like they didn't like me at all and that's when the speculation about who nominated me started. At no time did we claim we were "untouchable."

There seemed to be bad blood between you and Code following your nomination...

I had a private talk with Code and he said that he was still my brother - that he had my back.

So he told me that he did not nominate me, but he thought Richard did because he was jealous of Tatiana getting close to me.

But when I asked what else Richard and the others said, he told me that he couldn't say because he was told those things in confidence.

He then took information regarding Maureen to the other camp. Now how are you supposed to trust a man like that?

You said Maureen would win the money, why?

That was just my opinion. My thinking is that the other three (Lerato, Bertha and Kwaku) will leave the house one by one. In a situation where the other five (Maureen, Ofunneka, Code, Richard and Tatiana) remain, Maureen who is looked at as the underdog could win just like Cherise did.

What will happen between you and Lerato now that you are out?

I love my girlfriend back home in Zambia and I will wait to see if she will take me back.

I still think Lerato is a great girl, but I was just playing the game.

If I was stuck up to myself, nobody would have found me interesting.

Do you think the head of house title carries with it a curse?

Well, there is a decision to save someone who is nominated. The moment you relinquish that title, you will be up for eviction. It is the basis of division in the house.

Did you save Ofunneka over Meryl because she was nothing more than the house's maid to you?

(Laughs) Not really. I liked to call this Big Brother 'Survival Big Brother.' It was not an easy decision to make but I decided so because Meryl was close to Kwaku while Maureen was close to Code. Ofunneka was the only neutral person then.

You need to clear the air regarding whether you and Lerato had sex in the penthouse or not...

We did not have sex but we came close. I actually put on the condom but at the last minute I decided not to go through with it. That's when I took off the condom.

When I get home, I am going to have to talk to my girlfriend and apologise to her.

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