Through her lawyers of New Mark Advocates, Nagasha contends that Fameica and Artin Pro produced the contested song that promotes the culture of belittling and undermining women and girls in society in 2018.
Prasidia Nagasha, a female activist has
petitioned the High Court Civil Division to ban a song titled ‘Property’ by
local music artist, Shafik Walukaga alias Fik Fameica.
The other respondents to the suit are Martin
Musoke alias Artin Pro, the Producer of the song and Uganda Communications
Through her lawyers of New Mark Advocates, Nagasha
contends that Fameica and Artin Pro produced the contested song that promotes
the culture of belittling and undermining women and girls in society in 2018.
She explains that while listening to the song,
she discovered that it has lyrics like "My woman is my property" my
woman is my Chapatti, my yogurt and my Bugatti among other references.
Nagasha says that the song equates women and
girls to property worth purchasing and owning.
Extract from the song
//Cue in: “Kamumyweze ono gwenina…
Cue out:…is my property."//
According to Nagasha, the song undermines women
and girls and sends a negative message to the public about the status and
capacity of women in society.
"Fameica and Artin Pro being men have
created and promoted wrong ideas that those women and girls should be owned
like property by men", reads the document in part.
She also argues that the song
creates and revives the negative norms, customs, cultures, beliefs, perceptions
and practices in the society against women and girls as well as cultural biases
that are aimed at pulling down women and girls.
"The song underscored the achievements
attained through affirmative actions and other programs by government to
improve the status of women and girls in the society” the petition reads.
She wants court to issue a permanent order
banning the song from being played and listened to in Uganda. She also wants court
to compel both the artist and producer to apologize to women in Uganda in all
newspapers of wide readership, Television, Radio and YouTube.
Nagasha also wants court to declare that Uganda
Communications Commission failed in its duty of protecting Ugandans and
consumers of media services from harmful content like the one allegedly
promoted by Fameica in his song.
The matter will come up for hearing
before Justice Musa Ssekaana, the Deputy Head of High Court Civil Division. URN tried to contact Fameica over the petition.
An assistant who picked his phone said he needs time to consult on the matter.
is not the first time someone is complaining about this song.
In 2019, a
section of youths under Plan International Uganda petitioned the Speaker of
Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga and the Minister for Information, Communications,
Technology and National Guidance asking them to ban the song.