Uganda Finally Launches Their Anti-Porn Committee



Uganda is serious about battling porn and they now have an anti-porn committee to prove it. Last year, Ethics State Minister, Simon Lokodo had revealed the plans to tackle porn in the country which included the purchase of a sh300m machine that would detect, control, and scrutinize porn on mobile handsets and other electronic devices.

He had said at the time that the government had already contracted a South Korean company that will supply the anti-pornography machine to Uganda when the ministry received the budget of sh2.6b. The anti-porn committee had made up a part of that budget and they were meant to monitor and implement the law.

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Lokodo had said;

“We have appointed the anti-pornography committee, but it had not been launched due to lack of finance, but the Government has now approved the money to activate the operations.”

It seems indeed that the government has come up with the money as Uganda has named a nine-member anti-pornography team to prevent use or distribution of pornographic material in the country.

According to the ethics minister, the government would spend Ush2 billion ($556,000) each year to fund the activities of the committee which was inaugurated in Kampala on Monday.

The anti-porn committee is expected to have a dedicated technical staff of between 30 and 40. The committee will acquire top-end gadgets to monitor and or intercept, downloading, watching, sharing and or transmission of electronic pornographic material.

Anti-porn committee

There is also a partnership with the Uganda Communications Commission in this fight. They are expected to deal with media and cinema proprietors who broadcast such material.



Lokodo also said that a stakeholders’ strategic working group, drawing members from other government ministries, agencies and law enforcers, will be set up to conduct on-the-spot checks for pornographic material.

Uganda’s battle against pornography is actually enshrined in law. The anti-pornography law states that;

  • Subsection (1); a person shall not produce, traffic in, publish, broadcast, procure, import, export, sell or abet form of pornography.
  • Subsection (2); a person who produces or participates in production of, traffics in, publishes , broadcasts, procures, import, exports or in any way abets pornography contrary to subsection (1) commits an offence and is liable on conviction, to a fine not exceeding five hundred currency points or imprisonment not exceeding 10 years or both.

The ethics minister has been very vocal in his campaign against pornography saying that it is “one of the deadliest moral diseases in this country” and that it needs to be stopped if the country wants to attain any level of development.

“Pornography is now eroding Uganda’s human resource,” he said, adding that “this will, in turn, hinder the achievement of our vision.”

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According to him;

“The display, sale, and circulation of pornographic images in the print and electronic media is one of the key reasons we have escalating cases of drug abuse among youths, incest, teenage pregnancy and abortion, homosexuality and lesbianism and defilement.”

The Anti-Porn Committee

The new committee is to be chaired by Dr. Annette Kezaabu Kasimbazi, a journalism and communications lecturer at the Makerere University.

Others include Dr. Fred Nyankore, a health professional, Victoria Ssentamu (Publisher), Gastone Byamugisha (Education), Hasifa Kabaganja (Culture), and Charles Dalton Opwonya from the Uganda Law Society. Religious institutions are represented by Sheikh Ali Mohammed Wasswa and pastor Martin Ssempa.

The nominee of Uganda Communications Commission, Joan Kyomugisha, resigned from her job days before the committee’s inauguration so they are yet to name a representative.