The Minister of Ethics and Integrity Fr. Simon Lokodo has operationalized the nine-person Pornography Control Committee, in a bid to regulate consumption of pornographic material.
The development follows government’s approval of Shs2 billion for the committee that is chaired by Dr. Anette Kezaabu Kasimbazi to commence work, in accordance with the Anti-pornography Act of 2014.
The committee chaired by Dr. Annette Kezaabu Kasimbazi consists of nine members that were appointed in April to ensure that the perpetrators of pornography are apprehended and prosecuted, the committee is delivered from section three of the anti-pornography act of 2014 which provides the setting of a committee of overseeing and implement of the law.
Other members of the committee include Dr. Martin Sempa, lawyer Dalton Opwonya, Sheik Mohammad Ali Waiswa, Joan Kyomugisha, Gastone Byamugisha, Hafisa Kabagonja, Victoria Sentamu and Fred Nyakori.
Appointed in April, the Committee members will among other tasks promote appropriate educational material against pornography in the school curriculum, rehabilitation of individuals, families, communities that are affected by pornography, collection and destroying of pornographic material.
And, addressing the press at Uganda Media Centre Fr. Lokodo equated pornography to corruption, saying “it is a very deadly evil where people have accepted it as a way of life.”
He noted that erotic dance moves commonly referred to as ‘Kimansulo’ are on the rise in major towns in the country, exposing youths to risky lifestyles.
He added that after sensitizing people about the dangers of pornography, the government will introduce a pornographic detection machine to help curb the vice.
The minister also lauded the Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) for censoring media houses involved in publishing pornographic material and vowed to end the vice.
“Pornography is one of the deadliest moral disease in this country and is evidenced on various media platforms such as Facebook, Fr. Lokodo said.