Uganda bans erotic dances, vulgar talk


An erotic bikini car wash [Red Pepper photo]

Ugandan Cabinet has resolved to ban erotic dances and drama as part of the fight against pornography in the country.

The minister of Information and National Guidance, Jim Muhwezi, told press on Thursday that cabinet also extended a ban on vulgar language in broadcast media.

Any offenders will be fined Shs10m, serve up to ten years in prison or both.

The minister said the new regulations are not limited to the ban on miniskirts as many have misinterpreted the bill before.

“Cabinet has approved the anti–pornography regulations, 2015, which we believe will now ease the implementation of the Anti–pornography Act, 2014,” Muhwezi said.

He said the guidelines prohibit broadcasting of sexually explicit material in the form of still pictures, video footage and vulgar presenter utterances on our media airwaves.

Not long ago, cabinet approved the formation of a Pornography Control Committee and empowered the Ethics and integrity minister Simon Lokodo to end the vice once and for all.

Meanwhile, cabinet also endorsed the Uganda Wildlife Bill 2015, which seeks to provide compensation for people affected by stray animals from protected areas.

The bill arose after several issues affecting wildlife conservation emerged.

These include oil exploration around protected areas, increasing conflicts between people and wildlife, poaching, illicit trans-boundary wildlife trade and institutional changes.

According to Muhwezi, the challenges necessitated a review of the Uganda Wildlife Act, 1996 to cater for the emerging challenges.

As a result, cabinet has approved a set of 15 principles of the Uganda Wildlife Bill 2015.

They include compensating those affected by Wildlife, establishment of Wildlife Committees comprising of local Governments, Uganda Wildlife Authority officials and civil society groups to harmonize working relations between wildlife managers and the community.



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