Move on from my sex tape – Iris

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Iris Kaingu says Zambians must move on from her 2012 sex tape scandal and help build her into a better citizen.

Attempting to douse the flames of controversy ignited by pictures of her wearing nothing but body paint doing the rounds on the internet, Iris says she was merely appreciating Zambia’s cultural diversity, adding that there is need to address gender stereotypes in the country.

The daughter of the former Minister of Higher Education Michael Kaingu believes there wouldn’t be this much hullabaloo about her nude body paint pictures if a video of her and her then boyfriend having sex while in college five years ago hadn’t leaked.

“I really want people to move on from the sex tape. I would like to just highlight that because my family is so affected by most of the negative comments. It was not a nice thing, I apologised and I went to prison for it, I also paid a fine and I think that many people make mistakes, so I would just like people and the nation at large to move on from that scandal and focus more on what my future is, to secure my future,” Iris told a media briefing on Friday.

“Let’s work together. As a person, I have a foundation which I want to build for prisoners. I want to build a country where prisoners are recognised and where their welfare is paid attention to, I have a lot of positive things surrounding me but most of you want to just focus on my negative publicity which is not good. I would like to urge the media to practice responsible journalism because I am just a young woman only 26 years old, so please please let’s just work together and make this country better.

“There are many issues I realised that we need to tackle as a country. One of which is gender stereotypes and I realised as a woman that most times women are usually misunderstood and ridiculed because of what of they wear. So to set the tone, I want to say that from reading the comments, which I rarely do, posted on the pictures which went viral the past three days, I would like to say publicly that most people are focused on my past which was five years ago since the sex tape happened. I would like to urge people on social media especially because there is cyber bullying in this country which I personally feel does not affect me negatively, but then there are many other people that I see going through the same thing and it affects them negatively.”

The controversial socialite explained that the pictures of her in animal skin paintings done by top artist Caleb Chisha were intended for a project she was working on but that it was leaked before time.

“On the issue of the elephant in the room, I was just depicting in the culture of our country. We were not clothed before missionaries came on board and gave us clothing. We used to wear animal skin and I think that everybody here is very familiar with this history and so today I want to depict this because I feel passionate about our culture and I feel that we are slowly losing the depth of ourselves. So one point of the picture was to appreciate culture and the second thing is that women are not celebrated enough, so I feel that we live in society where when a woman wants to rise up, most people especially the women want to bring them down.

“And that picture is actually intended for a project that I am working on. It’s unfortunate that it was leaked before it’s time. I know most of you say Iris you like to be naked, no. I can’t come to this function in a bikini or naked because that’s unacceptable but when I am at the beach or at the pool I have to be in my bikinis because there you can’t be fully dressed up. So I would like us to see the bigger picture and I want to urge women out there that we need to partner with each other, we are not enemies and if we work together we can make a better Zambia,” she said.

Iris, who sees a future for herself in politics, claimed the negative comments about her nude pictures do not affect her, but called for an end to cyber bullying.

“I want to urge the public out there that it’s not very nice the things that most people say about someone. We are all just human beings and we all have feelings, so in as much I don’t come and say that I don’t like what people say about me, I think that I want to champion cyber bullying. It needs to stop, you hide behind your computers and you say what you have to say but if I had to meet most people that say negative things about me in person, they wouldn’t say it, they just hide behind Facebook. So I would like to tell people who like to cyber bully that they need to stop, it’s not a very nice thing to do and I think that if you were in the same situation as another person, you wouldn’t like that to happen.”

Iris said she understood that the media could make or break her.

“I called this meeting because I know that the media can either build you or destroy you and as you sit here, I am aware that you have the intention to bring a good story. Now, you are going to be writers or tellers of my story and I think that you are going to determine how we move forward as a country; you are going to determine me as a person. You as media are going to drive the motion and everything that is said about me will be determined by yourselves and I would like to urge you that you are the builders of myself, I could never be anything without you people, you have made me where I am today so don’t twist stories.”

 

8 Responses to Move on from my sex tape – Iris

  1. I would like to meet Iris can some one assist me with her personal number. Elder Power of God Ministries. LUSAKA

    Teddy Mwaanda
    September 11, 2017 at 10:35 am
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  2. Maama you are grown up mend your ways at 26 years you are already a Woman. Isoni ebuntu. If you want to aspire for a political position/Public figure start building your image morally and spiritually. It is never late.

    Leah
    September 11, 2017 at 11:22 am
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  3. People, lets lean to forgive and forget. She has said sorry for everything, why hold a grudge? Lets help our sister by building her to a woman she desires to be, stop judging her. Lets focus on things to build our nation than looking at what lris has done wrong today. Lets use the declaration of Christian Nation for good and not condemnation. One finger points at lrias but three are pointing back at us. Lets help her please!!!!!

    Abraham Zulu
    September 11, 2017 at 7:05 pm
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  4. We forgave and tried to forget. She went back to vomit.

    We all did the thing where “he without sin cast the first stone” but we also remembered the JC said “go, and sin no more”.

    This floozey went and took our forgiveness as weakness. She now isn’t limiting to just the Kaingi family being disgraced, she wants to disgrace all of Africa. Mabvuzi yake!!

    charles in charge
    September 11, 2017 at 8:47 pm
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  5. Bushe bali mupenta napantwanikane? Was she also painted on the ntwanikane.

    PRESIDENTIAL POWERS
    September 13, 2017 at 9:12 am
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  6. Hi all,
    If i may ask,who has never done what IRIS did last year and doing now, i mean sex or rather love making?The only difference is public exposure,all of us here have done nasty scandals more than this young only.So suppose she was a european zambian born doing such,were critisims going to be the same?

    KAHEMBI JOSEPH KAPAMBA
    September 14, 2017 at 4:21 am
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  7. Hi all,
    If i may ask,who has never done what IRIS did 5yrs ago and doing now, i mean sex or rather love making?The only difference is public exposure,all of us here have done nasty scandals more than this young woman.So suppose she was a european zambian born doing such,were critisims going to be the same?

    KAHEMBI JOSEPH KAPAMBA
    September 14, 2017 at 4:23 am
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  8. People talk heartily and are hurt because they care for Kaingu family. We also love Iris but this demon must be cast out otherwise God is not happy also for such activities associated with this young lady. Yes there is still time for Iris to reform and become a better citizen. So let us remove human rights issues that has nothing to help the moral character of the beautiful Iris. Your heart my dear needs Jesus Christ to get rid of the mess you’re in.

    Reflect, examine yourself against the standard of Jesus Christ like did Mary Magdalene, who Jesus Christ cast of seven demons and forgave her even after she was caught in the very act. Today we learn of Mary together with the gospel of Jesus Christ as she repented. She anointed Jesus before He died at Simon the Leapers feast and on that good Sunday morning, She was the first to see the resurrected Messiah and She was among the disciples who received the Holy Spirit 50 days ( Day of Pentecost) after Jesus Christ had gone back to heaven to prepare our Mansions as per Jesus Christ promise in John 14:1-3. Come on Iris God is willing to use you for the spreading of His gospel. Repent Iris Kaingu and Jesus Christ will never leave you alone if you accept Him as your personal saviour. Take all your burdens at the feet of Jesus, His love, His grace and indeed His bloods will cleanse you from all manner of unrighteousness and will reconcile you unto His father. Come now and reason with Jesus, Isaiah 1:18.

    Mainza
    September 14, 2017 at 2:42 pm
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