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Porn Committee Wants Policewoman, Boyfriend Punished Over Leaked Photo, Speaks Out on Porn Machine

The Pornography Control Committee (PCC) under Ethics Minister Rev Simon Lokodo has embarked on a nationwide sensitization campaign to educate the masses about the dangers of pornography and how to address the social problem.

The campaign, which comes six months after the PCC was launched in August last year, is the second phase of the measures put out to wipe out pornography and prostitution in the country.

One of the Committee members, Rev Can. Aaron Mwesigye, who is also the director for ethics and religious said the first six months of the committee largely involved research projects and situation assessment about the pornography and prostitution businesses in the country.

After sensitization, Rev Mwesigye says, the committee, working with law enforcement will embark on what he called a nationwide “sweep,” which will entail raids on places where pornography is produced, arrest of perpetrators, destruction of pornographic content, and prosecution of the suspects.

The committee members were yesterday in Mbarara, having been to Kabarole the previous day, where they met with the Tooro Kingdom officials, and signed a MoU with to help in the fight against porn.

Speaking to press in Mbarara, the PCC Chairperson Dr. Annette Kezabu spoke out about a number of issues, among the female police officer, whose nude photo was leaked on social media last week.

Police Constable Esther Akol is being charged for discreditable conduct of exposing her nudity on social media according to Police.

Dr Kezabu says the Porn committee will be closely following and “demanding to see” what kind of action the police will take on its disgraced officer.

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She said however, that the committee will be going after the officer’s boyfriend, who is said to have leaked the photo.

“We know that the woman can be the victim and the perpetrator at the same time. We know that she took this photo privately, but we also ask, why did she take it in the first place?”

Speaking on the controversial pornography detection machine that had earlier been proposed by Minister Lokodo, Kezaabu Rev Mwesigye clarified that no such machine has been procured and also cast doubt on whether it will ever be.

Rev Mwesigye said government has never released money to procure the machine, and that the ministry has never trained people that would operate it.

“No technical people have been trained. You have to recall that you need to procure and establish a data management system to track down porn activities in the country. This has to be done by a professional. As of now, No training or recruitment of such people has been made or a data management system established.

Probed further by reporters, the committee chairperson Mr Kezaabu said that when Minister Lokodo talked of a machine, “he didn’t imply and actual machine, but the 9 member committee which is now in place.

“The Minister already has his machine,” she said. “In school you were taught that a machine is anything that can help ease man’s work.”

She added, “We (PCC) are doing more than the machine, because the machine would have been able to detect only the pornography on the internet. But for us we are detecting pornography on computers, in the newspapers, on the streets…”

But in the long run, she said, if the committee fails to root out pornography through its manual techniques, it will go for the machine.

Rev. Aaron also noted that the machine alone would be ineffective, as it would be “targeted and manipulated by computer wizards in the e – era.”

“Do you want to tell me that countries that have stopped pornography have used machines?” he asked.

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