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Monday, April 9, 2012

LULU: That Girl! Kasichana Kale!

LULU: That Girl! Kasichana Kale!


By Jacqueline Mgumia


Dear TGNP members, young feminists and those in support of our sisters, I think we have a role to play in understanding Lulu's case, its context and her future charges in relation to Kanumba’s death. This portrays a classic relationship between private and public life.


I think it is a platform for expanding and demanding for women’s right issues in our current context - the media space. We should follow up the tragedy to understand what is at stake in relation to women’s rights, images and representations on the media and legal spaces, specifically how domestic spaces make life so vulnerable.


Thus far, Lulu is in rumande, accused, suspected, or associated with Kanumba's death. Unfortunately, public opinion is against Lulu as she is condemned and demonized for her loose sexual conducts, a fact which could easily forge her rights in regard to the accusations or, if found innocent, her security in the public domain will be threatened.


I am not saying she is innocent, but I always wonder why only young superstar women are labeled as loose or malaya! And, yes, if she has been malaya or bad, so what? Is this only bounded/confined to a moral question? Is this about good girls and bad girls? Does this mean she deserves to be accused without being listened too? Does this justify one being declared guilty without a fair trial or being understood?


Some people say YES! Kaache kasote rumande ama kaende jela, maana, asiyefunzwa na mamaye atafunzwa na ulimwengu! I say NO, mnyonge mnyongeni lakini haki yake mpeni!


This is not a claim for being guiltless, rather it is a call to allow police and medical practices as well as procedures to rule the investigations, not the hyped media opinion of kale kasichana.


Justice is for everyone, those good and bad, those present and absent. If the investigation finds any association or relation of her conducts to be incriminating that will be a different question of the law and lawyers will choose positions.


Human right activists, feminists and the media, how do we associate ourselves with those labeled bad or indeed bad on culture lenses? Do we choose to remain in silence on whose lenses we are trading?


I speak not because she is a woman and young, as that could be doing injustice to our late Kanumba and being biased on a purely gender stance, rather it is to engage with the notion of good and bad girls in the media and its implication on women representation in general, and especially in our digital generation.


Lulu is still in rumande, maybe a quick and quiet visit will help us understand what is happening to her and perhaps make a decision if it is a case we might want to follow. We should start by getting facts right by acknowledging that Lulu is prejudged because of her character, and that can never be right or fair.


This is not about Lulu, it is about Wema, Ray C, Yasinta, and many young women like her in the movie and music industry; the platform is rough and tough, providing different experiences to female artists, of which we know very little about.


We need to start engaging with these spaces, as these young women define the good and bad girls in subtle but very important ways!


This is not about that girl! It is about understanding what is happening in domestic spaces, where both men and women rights could easily be abused in silence. It is about engaging with misunderstood women using our lenses to make sense of their stories and realities so as to inform ourselves on diverse issues facing women. It is about understanding the perceptions and cultures that influence practices and outcomes of laws.


I pray for Kanumba the Great that he may rest in peace and, at this point, I should declare that he was one of the Tanzanian actors that I gave respect to for his achievements; however, his latest movie MOSES, which is centered on hate on women, left me wishing to meet him and chat about impacts of such contents on women. Indeed he has left us very young. He will be greatly missed.


As he rest in peace tomorrow and justice is found for his sudden death, let Lulu - before the law and public - be judged and treated with fairness regardless of being that girl - kasichana kale!

11 comments:

Anonymous April 10, 2012 at 10:39 AM  

Activists hebu kampeni zenu zilenge kuzuia matatizo yasitokee, siyo yakishatokea ndiyo mnadandia na slogans nyingi..sina uhakika kama nimewahi kusikia wana harakati wa gender wanakemea tabia za vijana (wa kike na kiume) ambao wanajihusisha na mambo ambayo maadili yetu na sheria za nchi haziwaruhusu kufanya hasa wakiwa chini ya miaka 18 ikiwamo kunywa pombe, kwenda night clubs, kufanya ngono, kutoa mimba nk

Anonymous April 10, 2012 at 12:28 PM  

ila haki itendeke,

Anonymous April 10, 2012 at 1:23 PM  

I totally agree with you. she should be judged as per what the law entails and not what the public sees fit. I also hope that the principle "one is innocent only until proven guilty by the courts of law" will prevail.

It is, however, unfortunate that a soul was lost. Rest in Peace Kanumba. You were a pillar of inspiration to many young people and old alike. May his family put God first through this trying time.

Anonymous April 10, 2012 at 6:01 PM  

FIGHTING FOR WOMEN'S RIGHT DOES NOT MEAN IGNOWERING MEN'S RIGHT OR TO STAND AHEAD ADVOCATING A WOMAN WHENEVER THE WOMAN FACING ACCUSATION, WHAT UR DOING IS LIKE TO CONVINCE WOMEN TO STAND FOR LULU JUST BECAUSE SHE IS A WOMAN. IT IS NORMAL WHEN SUCH THE CASE HAPPEN FOR PEOPLE TO ACCUSE THE SUSPECT REGARDLESS OF HIS OR HER GENDER.

Anonymous April 10, 2012 at 10:31 PM  

Gender activists jaribuni kupambana na tabia mbaya ambazo zipo kwenye jamii ili kuzuia majanga yasitokee kama hili linalomgusa LULU.Nafikiri nafasi mnayo ya kuwakanya au kuikanya jamii na kuitaka ienende na mienendo bora....sio kuksimama kidedea pale tu tatizo linapotokea...TGNP wakeup remember your roles.

Anonymous April 11, 2012 at 10:47 AM  

NO ONE HAS NOT DONE JUSTICE TO LULU... ACTIVISTS, NADHANI ANGALIA KWANZA JAMII THEN MAMBO YENU YA KISASA BAADAYE. HUYU MTOTO ALIKUWA MALAYA NA NASEMA NI MALAYA NA ANATAKIWA KUKEMEWA. hATA KANUMBA MI NAMUONA NDO WALE WALE TU ANABADII WASICHANA KAMA NGUO. THAT IS A COWARD BEHAVIOUR... PLAYBOYS AND PLAYGIRLS SHOULD NOT BE DEFENDED. lULU MUST GO TO JAIL ILI AJIFUNZE TABIA MBAYA YA KURUKIA WANAUME

Anonymous April 11, 2012 at 11:00 AM  

Hapo rumande alivyoshikiliwa ndio yuko salama zaidi ya huku uraiani kwa sasa hivi. Huyu alieandika hii article nafikiri ameenda steps za mbele sana as if ameshafungwa/hukumiwa.. Kwa kawaida, mauaji yanapotokea ktk mazingira yanayomhusisha mtu yeyote moja kwa moja, huyo mtu anayo haki ya kuchukuliwa na vyombo vya usalama na kupelekwa rumande (na kuwekwa chini ya ulinzi na usalama) ili kulinda usalama binafsi wa huyo mtu anaeshukiwa kwa kipindi hicho, na pili ili uchunguzi ufanywe..wakati huo unakuwa ni muhisiwa(suspect) au mtuhumiwa tu..na sio mhusika bado..mpaka idhibitishwe baada ya uchunguzi.. Labda kama isemekane kuwa anadhalilishwa au kupigwa huko sehemu salama alikowekwa, which I hope is not the case.

Otherwise, Mwandishi naona kaandika tu kuhusu kelele za mtaani ambazo hata hivyo kaamua kuzijenga mwenyewe kama mwandishi na kuingizia mjadala uliyo tofauti kabisa na incidence nzima ya “Kanumba kufariki na Lulu kushikiliwa kama mtuhumiwa (note: sio mhusika) namba moja kwa sasa, wakati uchunguzi ukifanyika/ukiendela”.

Anonymous April 11, 2012 at 8:22 PM  

Mimi ninegpenda haki ya Kanumba ilindwe hata kama katutangulia katika haki, ila sio kwa kuvunja haki ya Lulu. Ila live session ya wiki jana na Salama ilisha mhukumu. Pili hiyo hadithi inayozungumza ya yeye na mababu zake kama wenzi pia inamhukumu. Je, ni vipi atapata hukumu stahili bila kulalia haki ya Kanumba kwangu kama mwanaharakati ndio stahili. Kweli pagumu. Wazungu husema between a hard rock and a stone. Sio tu kuwa mwanamke bali ni je, kosa lilitendeka?

Anonymous May 15, 2012 at 2:15 PM  

please huyu ni kusaidia chochote kilichotendeka hakusudia ni bahati mbaya kwa hiyo hakupenda hafe kabisa Mungu hamuweke rohoyake peponi

Anonymous May 15, 2012 at 2:18 PM  

ndio ahakusema ukweli miaka yake ni mdogo halikimbilia ukubwa kila mtu hata mimi hakuna mtu kweli 100
mungu ukweli wetu na undani wetu pole familia

Anonymous May 16, 2012 at 4:46 PM  

Kwa mimi naona kama wewe unadandia gari kwa mbele bila kufikiri...Sheria ya jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania inasema ; 'No body is guilty until proved before the court of law' ...Na kinachofanyika sasa ndio hicho cha kuprove kwa haki yote kwamba yuko innocent of guilty. Sijaona uvunjifu wa haki katika kesi yake.
Kuhusu media na watu- They will always talk and ther is nothing youcan do about it..Hata kama ungeenda kualika wanaharakati wenzio dunia nzima (because that's what people do, they talk!). Hajaanza yeye kusemwa na yake yatapita watakuja wengine na mambo yao yatasemwa...Acheni ku use the femisism card- If she is guilty she is and if she is not, then good for her she is not! period.
Mtu kama ukimissbehave utasemwa na jamii itakuwa na mtazamo mbaya juu yako(It has always been like that)

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