Anti-pornography Bill Irrelevant

Parliament's Affairs Committee Chairperson Fox Odoi Speaking to Parliamentary Journalists
Parliament’s Affairs Committee Chairperson Fox Odoi Speaking to Parliamentary journalists

Members of the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee have tasked the Uganda Joint Christian Council–UJCC to explain the relevance of the Anti-pornography Bill 2011.

While presenting their submissions about the bill before the committee, UJCC said the pornography trend if not checked will cause spiritually harmful effects to the society.

The members, however, said that the group led by Rev Father Sylvester Arinaitwe has not convinced the committee which is currently scrutinising the bill on why the country needs a law like this one.

West Budama North MP Fox Odoi said the bill encompasses what is already provided for in the bible and other laws against acts like rape and defilement adding that it is the job of the religious leaders to preach against immorality and not a law.

National youth MP Monica Amoding also said morality is a personal choice that cannot be enforced by any law and said that summons and sensitisation could work more effectively.

But Father Arinaitwe told the committee that since people are not compelled to read the bible or go to church, a law should be in place.

UJCC suggested some changes in the bill like its title which they say should change from anti-pornography bill to pornography prevention and control bill. The council also suggested that the number of religious leaders in the bill be increased from two to at least 10. This they say is to enhance the role of religious leaders in fighting pornography.

Another group which also presented its justification for the bill, the Uganda Centre for Law and Transformation, suggested that the bill should propose for a harsher penalty for people involved in pornography. The centre’s board chairman Charles Tuhaise said the penalties proposed in the bill are too lenient to eliminate the vice.

While the bill proposes a fine of 10 million shillings or 10 years in jail as maximum penalty, Tuhaise proposes a fine of 150 million shillings for the offence.

 

2 thoughts on “Anti-pornography Bill Irrelevant

  1. who judges what is morally right? it’s okay for karamajong to walk naked but some people find someone wearing a mini skirt is immoral.why do our M.Ps waste so much time on such trivial issues.

  2. Legislators who seek for enough reasons to convince them about the harm

    pornography causes on the Youth should be pitied and prayed for so that they may have spiritual eyes and correct judgement to see what is involved in allowing immoral pictures to young generation

    Who does not want children o grow fearing God and walking humbly in his commandments in Uganda,Why Should children be denied their rights of being protected by the state by enacting Laws that stops these nasty immoral that distracts them from being one with God

    Is the President of Uganda happy when seeing children messing around with pornography.Are the Ministers pleased to see children doing things that are below the dignity of children in communities.

    Does it mean that Legislators in Uganda have no children and don’t care about their spiritual lives and good conduct in public in relation with the people.Members
    of the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee have tasked the Uganda
    Joint Christian Council–UJCC to explain the relevance of the
    Anti-pornography Bill 2011.

    It is absurd to hear the National youth MP Monica Amoding saying that morality is a personal choice that cannot be enforced by any law

    Monica Amoding the so called MP representing the Youth should know that Law is enacted and Promulgated for the common good of the People in this case the Youth will benefit and be protected from being messed around by pornography.

    Members
    of the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee shouldn’t have tasked the Uganda
    Joint Christian Council–UJCC to explain the relevance of the
    Anti-pornography Bill 2011.

    Asking for the relevance of the Anti-pornography Bill 2011 is to fifgt the commandments of God more especially fighting the fourth commandment where parents are supposed to give good life living and guidance to children and here parent includes law markers who takes the duty of educating children on a large perspective.

    But,there is no wonder that all these are happening in a government that has no respect for God and his people otherwise such awkward happens should be taking place in Uganda.

    The More Uganda continues to messy around with the commandments of God and disrespect of people the more Government will continue to loose chances of staying in Power because a country without God cannot exist by itself but disappears from its state entering nowhere.

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