Hajji Ismail Ssekidde, the husband to renowned herbalist, Sylvia Namutebi aka Maama Fiina, has dragged Red Pepper and its Luganda sister publication Kamunye to court, accusing them of constantly publishing his wife’s nude pictures.

Through his lawyer, Isaac Kimaze Ssemakadde of Web Advocates & Solicitors, Ssekidde filed the case in High Court yesterday, alleging among other things that the respondents’ arbitrary act of giving unsought publicity in the tabloid newspapers and online publications of the sexuality of his wife infringed his human rights and freedoms protected by laws of Uganda.

Ssemakadde told us last evening that his client yesterday secured a temporary injunction banning the two tabloids from further publishing the nude photographs of his wife and related defamatory stories until the main suit is heard and disposed of.

“The applicant seeks a declaration that the information, photographs and other materials for the respondents’ publications complained of in this application were gathered and disseminated without following proper journalistic ethics and standards and in contravention of the Press and Journalists Act, Cap. 105,” the plaint reads in part.

In an affidavit accompanying the application, Ssekidde describes himself as a businessman in Ndeeba as well as husband of Namutebi with whom he is blessed with ten children – six of whom are minors.

Ssekidde, who wants Shs 20bn compensation among other things, alleges that his family was at the beginning of July 2012 troubled by “rogue journalists” who threatened to publish the photograph of his wife in the nude. He alleges they acted on their threats on September 13, 2012.

“The photographs and articles in question concern my wife in uncovered and relaxed position in what clearly is a private setting – a bed room – where  peeping Toms, snoops and voyeurs should not be… the photographs were  published to harass and embarrass my wife and destabilize our marriage,” Ssekidde states.

He says the photographs and articles in question are highly unpleasant not only to the couple but also their children, family, friends and relatives. Ssekidde says he is aware that his wife is not ashamed or embarrassed by her sexuality, but it is private and that publication of the said photos has suddenly killed the peace and harmony that they have tirelessly built over the years.

“The applicant shall also prove that the respondents threaten and intend to continue publishing the photographs and articles complained of in the forthcoming issues of their tabloid newspapers unless they are restricted from doing so by this honourable court,” the plaint adds.

Besides compensation, Ssekidde also wants the tabloids to not only disclose their source of the photographs but also destroy them all.

“The Applicant also seeks an order directing the Media Council and the Broadcasting Council to take swift and severe disciplinary action against the aforesaid persons,” the plaint goes on.

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-1 #1 wa Nkali 2012-09-26 08:19
Fat big naked mamma photo! No thanks ! I wouldn'n like to be sudjected to such an image.
+9 #2 Peter 2012-09-26 08:58
It is really very painful and damaging most especially children seeing such nude pictures of their mum!

Very stringent measures should be taken and in fact the Media & broadcasting council must take disciplinary action on this
+7 #3 Emmanuel 2012-09-26 10:55
proper journalistic ethics and standards should be followed in this case.And it's high time Red papers to act professional,

Being that some people have families and friend around them.I support Hajji Ismail Ssekidde,


+1 #4 TF Kampala 2012-09-26 14:58
My concern is how the whole country can give audiance to a masamize. Uganda has serious problems ranging from democracy, poor health, infrastructure, education and the NRM thieves. Sometime I think these a meant to divert Ugandans as billions are stolen from the treasury.
+1 #5 Betty Long Cap 2012-09-26 15:26
wa Nkali, you make a valid point. I was wondering if something was perverted about Ugandan men's sense of aesthetics. A woman whose body has carried and delivered ten babies deserves respect.

Kate Middleton also deserves privacy. Photos of her sunbathing topless are understandably a hot sale item in European newspapers but public exposure is punishable.

At the very least, Sylvia Namutebi deserves an apology.
0 #6 Rose Chinyama 2012-09-26 16:24
do these paper journalists even have morals at all?? how does one publish such pictures and tarnish one's reputation. these papers should apologize and compensate ma'am Fina and suspended for 6months
+1 #7 Rose Chinyama 2012-09-26 16:28
they should publically apologize and compensate ma'am Fina. after the newspaper should be barred for about 6months. OMG do these journalists even have morals at all
-2 #8 Mulembeki 2012-09-26 18:15
Ugandans are popularity hungry now this one has got it! One wonders how all of a sudden witches take front page space.
-4 #9 Gaucho 2012-09-26 18:17
Rose Chinyama..Maama Fina should have known better and thought of the consquences of her acts before engaging....sto p blaming the u know the meaning of a TABLOID? first google and understand before questioning th emorals of these fantastic journalists..FY I..they happen to be very good moral characters
+2 #10 Kasozi 2012-09-26 19:56
Red Pepper has a long history of being insensitive and reporting irrationally. Ugandans don't have a suing culture but this tabloid would suffer as a consequence of it's incompetence if the suing culture was alive here in Uganda.Lucky for red pepper for now.I wish hajji succeeds in suing those bastards.
-1 #11 mugishanda 2012-09-26 21:14
Fortunately hajji does not deny the pictures, they are indeed hers and she is entitled to privacy. The million dollar question is how these pictures leaked and ended up in the press. That is the question our courts are interested in, we all have a duty to protect our privacy.

Red pepper cant dare anybody unless they have a fair defense at hand. Watch and hear the outcome. It is only a fool who dares red pepper. Is it true that she was having an affair in with a small perverted boy who has watched so many blues. Gosh, that stomach and faty body is a turn off.
+1 #12 richard 2012-09-27 07:14
such pple should be exposed in order for our society to grow, this is being barbaric.I think the IGP should give her an immediate arrest.

+1 #13 Bwire Patrick 2012-09-27 10:19
I think that was the limit, redpepper should not allowed to operate. It is a paper sold in public places and it should not carry, pornography.

Media council this are the real issues stop harassing other paper over small political statement, go for this guys
+1 #14 Doreen 2012-09-27 10:50
this should teach all of us a lesson, if you are a parent, have friends and young kids as is the argued case, we should watch wat we do.

coz unless if its the husband who took that foto if he claims that she was in her bedroom relaxing and someone peeped and took the foto else i think she was cheating with another guy who took the foto
+1 #15 Betty Long Cap 2012-09-27 15:43
Quoting Doreen:
this should teach all of us a lesson,....

YES! Always undress in the dark and never stand naked except in the shower stall. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

I suspect the husband expects compensation for photos of his nude wife relaxing.

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