Popular Tanzanian actress Irene Uwoya has now come out to apologize to the country’s journalists following backlash after she recently dished out cash and caused a stamped during a press conference.
The drama occurred at the Hyatt Regency on Monday during the launch of Swahiliflix; ahead of the official launch set for August 31, 2019 at Mlimani City Plaza.
The actress, who was one of the major personalities set to address the presser, arrived late and gave a short address before digging into her bag and taking out wads of cash.
“Na nisiwachoshe sana nimewaweka muda mrefu, swahiliflix ni mambo moto lazima tusalimiane na ndugu zetu waandishi wa habari, nawatuza na kitu kidogo,” she said.
[“Let me not tire you out any more because I have already kept you waiting for long, Swahiliflix is hot and so we must unite with our journalists, I therefore want to give you a small gift.”]
Ms. Uwoya then proceeded to toss the money at the journalists, most of whom then abandoned their trade and started scrambling for the cash.
The act has since been viewed as disrespectful as it also subjected the journalists to heavy criticism from Tanzanians online.
However, addressing a press conference on Wednesday, Ms. Uwoya expressed remorse at her actions that even led to some of the pressmen’s equipment being destroyed.
“Mimi binafsi, kwa sababu mimi ndiye nilifanya hivyo, naomba msamaha kwani sikufanya makusudi, nilifanya kwa mapenzi na furaha zangu. Nilitoa hela kwa mapenzi yangu, sikuwa nawadharau. Kwa walio haribu vifaa vyao naomba mnisamehe,” she said
[I, personally, ask for forgiveness since I am the one that committed the act. I did it out of love and happiness, not because I was demeaning you. And for those whose equipment got destroyed in the process, please forgive me.”]
The actress also clarified her remark to journalists – during the presser – that they should be well dressed during the official August 31 launch.
“Sikusema hamko smart, nilitamani mjee katika uniform kama vile suti siku hiyo. Kwa wale mlinionelea vibaya naomba mnisamehe,” she added
[“I did not say you were not smart, I just meant that you should come in suits on that day. For those who took my statement the wrong way, kindly forgive me.”]