Nwagi’s father says daughter wouldn't have been bounced if she were white

The father of singer Winnie Nwagi, Henry Kabiito, has said that his daughter wouldn't have been ejected from the Ministry of Internal Affairs office because of indecent dressing if she were white.

A collage of Winnie Nwagi and dad, Henry Kabiito

"If it was a white dressed like Winnie, would they have chased her? Would they? They wouldn't have chased her... why is it that Winnie can't do what whites can do?" he wondered.

"She's picked her fashion style from traveling abroad. If she learns something new, she brings it to Uganda."

Kabiito says he can't judge his daughter for her fashion choices because she is living in a different world than the one he grew up in.

"I can't judge her dress code. It's the trend of her time. Ours was Gomesi," he said.

On August 3, the 'Matala' singer was recorded being chased by a security guard from the Ministry of Internal Affairs head office in Kampala where she had allegedly gone to work on travel documents. This reporter later learnt through a conversation with the ministry's spokesperson that she had been kicked out because of indecent dressing.

Her father said that there are people trying to sabotage her in her camp, which is why the video clip made the news.

"There are people trying to sabotage her. They want to see her fail. People who chased her wanted to make news. She is a good person if no one has rubbed her the wrong way," he said, adding that Nwagi has a child and it wouldn't have been possible if her baby daddy didn't see anything good in her.

"The fact that she has a daughter, it means someone saw something good in her," he said.

Henry Kabiito says his daughter understands the realities of the industry she is in and she dresses the part.

"She usually goes for siblings' birthdays at school. When she goes there, she sings for them. And kids love her," he said.

"We need to differentiate work and casual dress code. She has clothes designed specifically for her line of work."

Asked to mention his daughter's best characters, he mentioned her talent.

"One of her best traits is that she is entertaining the country. People paying to see her perform shows how valuable she is," he said.

"If you want proof that she is a calm person, come home when there is a function."

Appearing to be joking, Kabiito said that the next time Nwagi is going to the ministry, he will pick for her what to wear.

"When she is going back, I'll give her a cloth that will please them," he said, adding when he was asked to name the kind of attire: "You'll see it. It'll even feature in the news... I won't tell you it'll be a surprise."

In a conversation with her manager Goerge Gonzaga on Friday, this reporter learnt that her record label, Swangz Avenue, hasn’t taken any action against Nwagi because they have been receiving contradicting reports about what transpired at the ministry.

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