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La Paroni's not bothered by Sheila Gashumba's 500m threat

April 12, 2019, 4:38 PM @ugandaonline

Sheila Gashumba suing La Paroni's Choma point for using her pic

Sheila Gashumba VS. La Paroni's

This Sunday, all roads could lead to the Parliamentary Avenue based La Paroni's Bar and Restaurant to get a feel of the #SundayFunday celebrity theme night.

This follows a row between TV personality, Sheilah Gashumba,  and the managers of the hangout after her pic was used for promo purposes without her consent.

The Lilstunner asked them to pull down the pic, but they were kind of slow to act, she even reached out to them in the company of her boyfriend Marcus Ali aka God's Plan asking them to cooperate, but the efforts did not yield much.

The Africell Brand Ambassador was left with no choice but to register a case of Cyber Harassment with the Kampala Central Police Station.

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At the police station, La Paroni's owner, Godwin, apologized and promised to pull down the pic which he later did. "We hanged out together at Speke Hotel after that," Sheila adds.

What was wrong with the pic?

In the pic that was shared on the La Paroni's and other affiliate pages, Sheila Gashumba is armed with a glass of her favorite drink something she felt would not go down well with the Ukraine based beverage company she was yet to finalize a marketing deal with.

Sheila felt this particular pic could easily make her miss out on a contract worth millions of dimes.

"It all started with the calls I was receiving from colleagues congratulating me that I had been sponsored, I very quickly called Paul and Bijou of La Paroni's letting them know that I did not like my photo appearing on their social media pages."

"La Paroni's removed the pic, but the other pages of the DJ and the events company did not remove it, claiming that they did not know how to remove the pics from social media so we went there with my boyfriend to help, but they instead started hurling insults at us saying we are not the only celebrities they host at their bar."

"Me and my boyfriend pay between 4 to 7million a night every time we hang out there, so they ought to treat us better."

Sheila through her lawyers, Waymo Advocates, in a notice of intention to sue letter dated (April 11), she is demanding that all publications bearing her image be deleted within 48 hours from the La Paroni's social media pages, desist from cyber bullying and make an apology to her.

Many have come to know of the hangout after this exchange between Sheila and the managers of the bar and restaurant.

In a statement signed by Harry Sagara, La Paroni's Head of PR and Communication, he says they have been on good terms with Sheila and wonders what the problem is and in an interview with one of the local TV stations, he stated that whatever the problem is, it is not with La Paroni, but with one of the ladies who probably made a pass at Sheila's God's Plan.

"Through the theme nights we develop, we are humbled to play a small role in helping Ugandan celebrities get closer to their fans and showcase their best works. Ms Gashumba who alleges we used her picture is a frequent customer at La Paroni's and has graciously supported us even on her social media...We have video evidence of her asking our photography crew to take pictures of her and American RnB artist during our launch," Sagara's statement reads in part.

"She is suing you for Shs500 Million for using her photo," Let her get that amount from her dad," Sagara added.

Sheila and boyfriend sharing a light moment
Sheila and God's Plan share a light moment together

Sheila's boyfriend, God's Plan stands with her;

"If anyone thinks they are going to disrespect Sheila Gashumba or her brand just know I’m coming for you with all I got. You know I got your back all they way, matter of fact, you know I’ll die for you b. We happy to get on with anyone and respect everyone, but don’t take our kindness for a weakness 

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