As city socialite Shanitah Namuyimbwa aka Bad Black vows to drag Precision Media and the Ministry of Health to Courts of law for allegedly using and failing to pay her, Precision Media has come out and said that they never had any commercial contract with her.
The Ministry of Health also said that Bad Black’s services were voluntary.
Following the Covid19 outbreak, Precision Media offered to donate strategic and public health risk communication messages to the Government through the Ministry of Health.
In mid-April 2020, there was a rapid increase of COVID-19 positive cases especially from truck drivers who were entering Uganda from neighbouring countries.
Truck drivers are well known for indulging with sex workers at various border points and other trading centres while on their way to their respective destinations.
This posed a threat to the rapid spread of COVID-19.
Precision Media says they as such advised Ministry of Health to develop risk communication messages to various target audiences for purpose of preventing the spread of COVID-19.
The Health Ministry consented to Precision Media’s advice and Bad Black was approached as a strategic person to reach out and appeal to sex workers to keep away from truck drivers.
According to the statement issued by Precision Media, Black was on 29th April 2020, requested to voluntarily record an audio – visual message as her contribution to the fight against COVID-19.
“On 29th April 2020, we called and requested Bad Black to voluntarily record an audio – visual message as her contribution to the fight against COVID-19 that was later to be donated to the Ministry of Health for airing on various media platforms,” the statement read in part.
It added that Bad Black in good faith agreed and subsequently the shooting was done at her home in Butabika and as a gesture in recognition to her contribution, Precision Media offered to give her a token of appreciation.
However, a letter of intent to sue from Bad Black’s lawyers circulated on social media alleging the she was “used, duped, deceived and tricked” into recording an advert for Government under false promise and that a meeting would be arranged for her to meet the President, discuss payment and be paid.
Precision Media on the other hand insists that they never signed any contract with Bad Black.
“There was no commercial contractual obligation whatsoever between Precision Media, Shanitah Namuyimbwa and the Ministry of Health,” Precision Media announced.
It added that Bad Black was not only the influential person they approached for a voluntary service.
Other prominent personalities that were approached include young musician Fresh Kid, Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Dr Diana Atwine, Executive Director of Mulago National Referral Hospital Dr Baterana Byarugaba, Director of Health and Community outreach campaigns under Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) Maj Rubaramira Ruranga among others.