Pornography Law catches up with musician
27 October 2014, 14:59
Kampala - A cross-section of musicians in Uganda lashed at the Minster for Ethics and Integrity, Father Simon Lokodo for ordering the arrest of a male artist accusing him of violating pornography law.
The artist, commonly known as Panadol W'abasajja was reportedly involved in the release of a recent X-rated music video.
The video featured young girls dancing half naked. It had become very popular and some people have already shared it on Facebook.
At the minister's instruction, police recently invaded the singer's studio where one of the girls who featured in the video was arrested. Panadol W'abasajja was not there and his whereabouts were yet to be known.
One of the Ugandan artists, Kenneth Mukasa said that the minister is poking his nose in matters in which do not concern him.
Mukasa said, ''Father Lokodo should leave us alone. What we are doing is liked by most Ugandans. We after all do not take our shows to places where kids below 18 are allowed.''
Music promoter in eastern Uganda, Greg Waiswa said, ''The minister is treating us unfairly. The music video which he claims is x-rated was only being sold to mature people. His strictness will affect our business.''
But a parent, Patrick Nkata supported the minister saying he is on the right track.
He said, ''There is a lot of pornography in Uganda. Pornographic video tapes are sold on the streets and at times even bought by children as young as 15 years. There is need to safeguard our children.''
The minister said he cannot sit back and watch as musicians and artists promote pornography.
He said,'' I cannot allow indecency in society. If you are dressed in something that irritates the mind and excites other people especially of the opposite sex, you are dressed in wrong attire and please hurry up and change.”
According to the law, pornography means any representation through publication, exhibition, cinematography, indecent show, information technology or by whatever means, of a person engaged in real or stimulated explicit sexual activities or any representation of the sexual parts of a person for primary sexual excitement.
When president Museveni signed the law, some uncouth men started undressing women in short dresss but they were warned by police and they stopped doing so.
Apart from artists, media houses in Uganda were also banned from publishing indecent pictures.
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