Uganda’s Anti-pornography Machine Arrives This August But Is It Really That Important?


For a country that has an ethics state minister, it is not all that surprising that Uganda has taken the fight against pornography to new heights.

A pornography detection machine will be arriving in the country this month according to Ethics Minister Simon Lokodo who spoke to the partly government-owned New Vision newspaper.

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Ethics state minister, Simon Lokodo revealed that the sh300m machine will detect, control, and scrutinize porn on mobile handsets and other electronic devices.

He added 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.

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A part of the budget will along with paying for the anti-pornography machine fund the anti-pornography committee to monitor and implement the law. Lokodo 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”

While the machine will supposedly detect porn pictures, videos or graphics taken or saved on one’s phone, computer or camera in any form, no one is really sure how it will work yet.

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It is illegal for anyone to produce or broadcast pornography in Uganda according to Act, Part (III) on prohibition of pornography under the anti-pornography law which states that; subsection (I) a person shall not produce, traffic in, publish, broadcast, procure, import, export, sell or abet form of pornography.

  • Subsection (I); 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.

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This is despite the fact that Uganda’s only radiotherapy machine packed up in April this year, leaving 2000 patients in need of radiotherapy treatment to travel to neighboring Kenya for treatment.