Kyle’s father, 59-year-old Reverend Benon Karuhinda, a teacher by profession, is a priest at Ihunga Church of Uganda, Kitunga Archdeaconry, South Ankole Diocese. Blitz’s Nigel Nassar had a phone chat with him about his fourth-born child, Kyle Duncan Kushaba, currently in the finals to win Big Brother’s staked jackpot of $300,000 (sh750m). The church man shared with us his stand-point about the controversial reality show and what his son is getting up to in the house
Hello Reverend, are you impressed by what your son Kyle is getting up to in the Big Brother house so far?
Well, I have not watched him so much due to my busy schedule. But on the few occasions I have watched; he has been quite impressive. You know he has always been a nice boy, who loves people and he has definitely portrayed that in the house.
Sure, he loves people. In fact, he loves girls more. The other day he confessed how he had fallen for Talia, the Zambian girl, but then changed his mind and concentrated on Botswana’s Eve. I think he is really in love. Will you give him your blessings in case he introduces to you an in-law from Big Brother?
Hahahaha; that is interesting, young man. Of course boys will always love girls; that’s not peculiar. It’s just that you can’t love in just three months. That’s the Big Brother confinement playing tricks on my son’s mind. By the time he spends two months out of that house, he will have long forgotten about those girls. But then, of course, if it were true love and he was serious with one of them, well, I would have no choice but to accept his choice.
What did you tell him when he was going to the Big Brother house?
He called his mother Juliet Tushemereirwe and I after receiving communication that he had made it. We prayed for him to be a nice boy, to not disgrace himself on television and to win the money. Specifically, we warned him against having sex on TV because we had heard that Gaetano, who represented Uganda in Season One, did it. So we warned him against it. He said he had become a born-again Christian while away in Kampala, and that he would be good. So far he has been.
Oh, I am his friend and actually didn’t know about his being a born-again Christian, but that’s beside the point. I thought you being a reverend, you would be averse to his going to Big Brother, a show many look at as obscene.
Young man, people’s relationships with their God are personal, so I can’t tell. But it would be good if he was born again. And about me being a reverend, Kyle is my son and I have to stand by him on all fronts, so much so that if I was invited to go to South Africa to attend the finale, I would be glad. Plus, it’s the people who go on Big Brother that abuse the show and have sex on TV. But from the little I know about it, people from different backgrounds are brought together to interact and share experiences and cultures, while eliminating one another until the last one standing wins. I doubt anyone tells them to go and play sex. They get up to that by themselves; which is what I warned my son against.
Are you not afraid of the church going against you over this?
Well, I am a different person and my son Kyle is different.
Kyle is one of the leading contenders for the money. What if he wins?
That would definitely be good, and I pray for him to win, may God be with him. As long as my son wins the money and uses it in ways God approves of, I have no qualms at all.