Uganda has invested $88,000 in a “porn-detection machine” and the news has shocked many on social media. The machine, which was procured through a South Korean company is expected in Uganda next month, and it will facilitate the ongoing fight against pornography.

According to the New Vision, Ethics state minister Fr. Simon Lokodo said the machine will detect, control, and scrutinise porn on mobile handsets and other electronic devices.

The ethics minister also revealed that the government has allocated funds to operationalise the anti-pornography committee to monitor and implement the law.

Pornography is illegal in Uganda and anyone who produces, publishes or shares pornographic material can be fined or imprisoned for up to 10 years.

Ugandan pop singer Jemimah Kansiime is the first person to be indicted under the anti-porn law for her graphic music video. Photo: ANP/AFP Isaac Kasamani
Ugandan pop singer Jemimah Kansiime is the first person to be indicted under the anti-porn law for her graphic music video. Photo: ANP/AFP Isaac Kasamani

The decision to procure the porn-detection has been heavily criticised by various social media users, seen as a classic case of the government’s misplaced priorities.

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Uganda is facing many challenges, in April, the country’s only Cobalt-60 radiation machine broke down, which put the the lives of 75 percent of the 44 000 cancer patients who require radiotherapy at risk. The government is yet to import a replacement, and the soonest a new machine is expected is in a year’s time. Cancer patients in Uganda have had to seek treatment in Kenya and other countries following the break down.

It is against this backdrop, that social media users have continued to criticise what is being perceived as a “wrong” and “misplaced” decision.

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