Ex Mityana North legislator and former tourism minister, Ssuubi Kiwanda Godfrey has asked the office of the prime Minister to give maximum priority to the prostitutes and sex workers when giving out the planned mobile money relief.
According to Kiwanda Ssuubi as he advanced his point live on the widely televised NBS Barometer Extra show last night, sex workers are ‘essential’ workers who have been endured an indefinite period under lockdown.
“When we are giving out this money, we must consider the prostitutes too,” Kiwanda said. “As a member of the National taskforce, this is something I proposed to the Prime Minister,” he bragged.
His remarks invited immense objection from the Kampala central MP Muhammad Nsereko who also featured on the panel of discussants on the show. An angered Nsereko fumed at Kiwanda and urged him to withdraw his remarks. “Why are we justifying immorality? How can a full former minister come on a TV programme, well knowing that children are tuned and you make such comments,” Nsereko reacted. “We should not glorify immorality. I’m displeased when you prioritise an outlawed sector like prostitution,” he added.
Similarly, Charles Rwomushana reminded the ex Minister to look into the penal code act sections that criminalise prostitution and sex trade.
It should be remembered that when he still served as a tourism minister in the previous cabinet, Godfrey Ssuubi Kiwanda invested billions of money in beauty pageants and curvy contests, something that raised eyebrows among the taxpayers who deemed it as an endorsement of immorality and belittling of women by reducing them to objects of sex.