Kampala, Uganda | URN | Women activists want government to reign in on Pastor Aloysius Bugingo for opening up publicly about the previous health condition of his estranged wife, Teddy Bugingo.
It all stems from a video that went viral on social media showing the head of House of Prayer Ministries International telling his flock how he spent more than ten years treating his wife’s blood flow.
He explained that during that time he couldn’t enjoy his conjugal rights as a married man. Bugingo’s comments drew angry protests from women activists who took to social media to vent their anger. They called on members of the public to contribute money to buy cotton wool and pads to compensate Bugingo for the money he spent on his wife.
On Monday 15th morning, the women activists convened at Bat Valley Primary School and led a procession to Parliament but were intercepted by police. They were held at Kampala Central Police Station-CPS for two hours and released.
The activists asked government to restrain Bugingo to serve as an example to men who despise women, saying his comments are derogatory to all women in the country. Sophie Gombya, an artist and woman activist says that they want Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) to stop Salt TV, which belongs to Bugingo to stop airing such offensive messages.
“We are not interested in Bugingo’s marital matters but we want UCC to intervene and stop the broadcast of such content. At times we sit and watch TV with our children. How are we supposed to explain such things to them,” she asked.
Flavia Namulindwa, a woman activist and TV personality, says they want they Parliament to intervene and reign in Bugingo. “This is a peaceful demonstration. We have not come to fight. We just want to take this petition to parliament so that they can intervene,” she said.
Although Bugingo has since apologized for his remarks and asked women to forgive him, the activists, says his apology was sarcastic since he went ahead to insult them as well. Patrick Onyango, the Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, says Pastor Bugingo is expected to appear at CPS tomorrow for inciting the public.
“The commander is going to meet Bugingo to ask him to stop discussing marriage issues not meant for public consumption. Bugingo should desist from issuing or talking about marriage issues that are not meant for the public and incite members of the public like these women,” he said.
Over the past few months, Pastor Bugingo has been feuding with his wife for allegedly ganging up with his daughter to try and snatch church property. But the wife on the other hand, accuses Bugingo of hiding behind the church property to cover up for his infidelity. Bugingo has since filed for divorce. The matter is before court.