The Ministry of Health has come out to dismiss accusations levelled by Ugandan socialite Shanita Namuyimbwa alias Bad Black who claims her services were hired in the ministry’s fight against Covid19, but never received payment.
Bad Black has since threatened to sue government and a private company named Precision Media, who hired her to shoot a public sensitization message targeting sex workers in the country.
She says she is owed over Shs 500million for her services.
She also claims she was promised to be taken to meet the president which has not happened either.
But the ministry in a statement Sunday afternoon, said it never hired Bad black for the advert, and described her accusations as blackmail.
The ministry says the advert was offered to government as a donation by Precision Communications Consulting Ltd, as part of President Yoweri Museveni’s call to the public to donate or provide free services towards the prevention of COVID-19.
The ministry adds that Bad Black also volunteered to take part in the campaign and there was never a contractual arrangement.
Precision Communications, the ministry says, came out and donated Media Production services to the Ministry and that the company went on and approached various key personalities who voluntarily recorded messages as a way of giving back to their country in this COVID-19 fight, among whom was Bad Black.
“All these individuals were requested to voluntarily participate, and they consented before any recording was made,” the ministry.
“Bad Black, in particular consented to record a message that was appealing to her colleagues who were at risk of contracting COVID-19, and would thus spread it to other members of the community.
“The Ministry would like to reiterate that this was done on solely voluntary terms and no contractual or financial obligations were attached to any of the personalities including Bad Black.
“The Government of Uganda only paid for airtime on radio, television stations and digital platforms to enable regular airing of messages which Precision Communications Consulting Limited and other media agencies recorded from patriotic Ugandans.”
Ministry of Health has since called on the public to disregard Bad Black’s claims which it says “tantamount to blackmail since no contractual obligations were made between herself and government.”
Allegations from individuals with malicious intentions should not derail health workers and partners from the relentless work and should ensure that we win the war against COVID-19. This should not erode the goodwill of the public who continue to lend a hand in this fight.