MPs grill Lokodo over anti-pornography law

lokodo_22Members of Parliament on the Presidential Affairs Committee have decried the high level of moral decadence that is spreading throughout schools and other institutions of learning.

This was during the presentation of a report on the performance of the Office of the President by the Minister of Ethics and Integrity, Fr. Simon Lokodo (Dodoth West) to the committee on Presidential Affairs at Parliament on Tuesday.


Members wondered why the anti-pornographic law that was passed to curb some of the vices was not yet operationalized.

“Mr. Minister we passed the anti-pornographic bill but it has never been put to use, could you tell us what happened?” asked Hon Jessica Ababiku (Adjumani District).

Hon Ababiku requested the minister to monitor information going around schools and the sex education being taught to children, saying children had started accessing literature that is introducing them to acts of homosexuality.

She said, “some schools now have material that erodes the good morals of children hence affecting the children when they grow up.”

Hon Rosemary Tumusiime (Entebbe Municipality) asked the minister to investigate the mushrooming orphanages that are being used to impart immoral behavior in children.

“There are many orphanages that are coming up in form of NGOs and there is no law to regulate their operations,” Hon Tumusiime said.

In his response, Fr. Lokodo said that his Ministry had finished putting up the statutory instruments and the terms of reference for the operationalization of the Anti-Pornographic Bill.

“We finished making the statutory instruments but the commission has not yet been formed,” he said adding that, “I do not have a budget to support the Bill therefore, I implore the committee to make a provision so that the Bill is expedited.”

He said the ministry needs Ushs 2.6 billion to facilitate its work.
Honourable Lokodo underscored the importance of community upbringing of children in order to have them grow up with acceptable norms and values.

He further encouraged parental involvement in the teaching and nurturing of children instead of leaving it entirely to schools.

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