I wrote recently on the expression 'bunga bunga' and speculated on what it might mean. Well, it is still in the news, and on this morning's Broadcasting House magazine programme on BBC Radio 4, a woman appeared who claimed to know exactly how the term came to be used in connection to Berlusconi (listen here for another week - the piece is 28:49 minutes in).
Sabina Began is a German actress now living and working in Italy, and she claims that 'bunga bunga' was Berlusconi's nickname for her, and was a term of endearment meaning something like 'sweet'. Apparently, Berlusconi would say playfully to her 'You are a monkey', and she would reply 'Yes, I'm bunga bunga'. She would organise parties for him as a 'suprise'. 'Bunga bunga' was supposed to be their secret code, according to Began, and in reality is 'something nice', and completely unrelated to sex with young girls. Mind you, Began also said in the programme that 'Berlusconi is like Gandhi', 'he's incredible', and 'he just wanted to help'!