Again, revenge porn is evil and has severe consequences on its victims, most of whom are women. It is also becoming a growing trend across the globe. In recent times, Uganda’s DESIRE LUZINDA is also another victim of revenge porn, in addition to Ghana’s Itz Tiffany.
This situation has allegedly forced her into hiding and fear for her safety. Worse, the country’s minister of ethics is calling for her arrest. Read her statement below, listen to her ex-boyfriend, and then watch the BBC profile on Luzinda.
Desire Luzinda’s Statement
“To all my fans in Uganda and all over the world, as you might be aware, there has been a lot of fanfare and discussion in the media and social media about my photos taken in private that were leaked to the public by a jilted lover.
The facts about this matter are that these were photos taken in privacy with someone I loved. In our private moments, we all have our “moments of madness”. The bottom line is that I trusted this person and never hoped that something done in private would find its way to the public domain irrespective of our differences.
I am aware that for many people who looked up to me as a role model, to the fans who adore my music , to the young generation that looks up to artistes like me as a symbol of the importance of grooming and growing talent, these photos must have been an upset.
I want to sincerely apologise to my mother, to my daughter, to my family, to my friends, my fans and any other people who have been offended by these images. Like I said, this was a breach of trust by someone I loved. I take full responsibility for having lost my mind to take such shameful pics. This person has not only abused that trust but now seeks to drag me down.
Those who have interacted closely with me know I am a decent person, a doting mother and an industrious woman. These images in no way should define who I am.
Let me also thank my numerous fans who have stood by me in this period—asking me to be firm amidst the tempest.
Just to let you know, the responsible authorities are doing everything possible to ensure I get justice. Once again, accept my sincere apologies.
Her Ex-Boyfriend’s View
“They call it Revenge Porn — the publication of nude pictures of an individual without their consent – and it has become a global issue. In Uganda, naked photos of the musician Desire Luzinda, have gone viral on social media networks and have been published in newspapers. Her ex-boyfriend is alleged to have posted them on Facebook – the post saying “to teach her a lesson”.
Uganda’s Minister for Ethics wants HER arrested, accusing her of engaging in pornography. Focus on Africa’s Catherine Byaruhanga spoke to Desire Luzinda and sent this report.”
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