TikToker Mummie Francie defends selling banned skin lightening products
Popular Kenyan on Tik Tok, Mummie Francie, took to her business account, Franskin Glow, to rant against the Kenyan government for banning skin-bleaching products
The video has since gone viral.
Nairobi News previously reported that last week, the Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) banned 131 skin-lightening products from the Kenyan market, saying that they contained substances only used with a prescription.
Mummie Francie started by sending the Government of Kenya a barrage of Swahili greetings commonly associated with the coastal region residents of Kenya then proceeded to give her two cents.
“This concerns you because I am a seller. As you see me here, this is not my original skin colour. Government, this light skin colour is not mine at all! This light skin is from bleaching products and it has helped me take care of my family.
This light skin has enabled me to do the things you see here behind me. Let me turn around, do you see them? These things were built with money gotten from selling bleaching products.
Let me speak for myself, these bleaching products help me feed my family by 70%. I am able to take care of my family.”
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She continued, “Right now as we speak, my brothers- I’m telling you of something that happened yesterday and if you call the Principal of Ikonzo High School he will confirm to you- that he called me early in the morning to tell me that he would chase my brothers from school because of unpaid school fees.
Now, does he chase them or will I pay school fees? I took some money which I had for my own use- Sh 17,000 an American client had sent to me for the purchase of bleaching products.”
Mummie narrated, “I took Sh 10,000 and paid the school fee without even thinking twice. If I did not have these bleaching products, those children would have been sent home. This money from the bleaching products I sell also helps me pay for my father’s treatment in the hospital. Let us just speak the truth.”
She also told the government that for many businesses selling beauty products, about 90% of their profits came from selling skin-lightening products.
She also demanded that the government give them jobs or hustles since they had decided to ban skin-lightening creams and oils because they were already full to the brink in Parliament and there would be no space for sellers such as her.
She called out Parliamentarians for demanding salary hikes and wondered how they intended to raise taxes to pay themselves if they were banning merchants from selling certain products.
“You have decided to get rid of our sources of income but you need our taxes, where will you get it from? The decisions are yours to make, who are we to fight you?
We elected you into power but you turn around and harass us. I don’t even know why I voted. I regret casting my vote! I regret waking up early in the morning to go and vote!”
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