The recently constituted Pornography Control Committee (PCC) has put Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA)on spot over failure to control pornography during the carnival last week.
Through their chairperson, DR Annette Kezaabu, the PCC insists that carnival was invaded by near naked dancers and revelers who exhibited pornography. She now summons the Authority to explain the breach.
“Our major concern is that in the past few years, the carnivals have been invaded by some dancers and other entertainers or participants or revellers/merrymakers who noticeably openly and unmistakably exhibit pornographic performances, exploits and undertakings unbridled or unrestrained,” Dr Kezaabu explains in a letter to KCCA.
“This is therefore to seek your most esteemed and well considered judicious direction to explore a viable and ethical appropriate solution to this unfortunate developing tradition and to protect our children from this obvious child pornography…” she adds.
Dr Kezaabu cautions the KCCA to avoid same scenarios in the upcoming carnivals.
When asked whether measures were put in place to control pornographic content in the carnival, KCCA spokesperson Peter Kaujju said the city authority gave strict instructions to the police not to allow skimpily dressed people into the carnival. “If one or two (skimpily) dressed girls came into the carnival, then that was unfortunate,” he said.
Kaujju said the carnival concentrated on cultural display as per the theme celebrating cultural diversity. “As an institution we promote decency and high moral standards…we don’t allow skimpily dressed girls who sexually arouse people into the carnival.”
Inaugurated in August, the committee is supposed to ensure the early detection and prohibition of pornography, ensure that the perpetrators of pornography are apprehended and prosecuted, collect and destroy pornographic objects or materials with the assistance of the police.
Other committee functions include; educating and sensitising the public about pornography, rehabilitation of individuals, groups, families or communities affected by pornography, expedite acquisition and installation of effective protective software in electronic equipment for detection and suppression of pornography. It is also charged with promoting appropriate educational materials against pornography in the school curriculum in consultation with the government.