Why is the Ninth Par­lia­ment Ob­sessed with polic­ing morals?

By: Jacky Kemigisa

The Min­is­ter for In­ter­nal Af­fairs, Hon. Rose Akol, re­cently di­rected the Uganda Po­lice Force to in­ves­ti­gate and clump down on bars and broth­els show­cas­ing nude danc­ing and pro­mot­ing im­moral acts around the coun­try. The di­rec­tive fol­lowed com­plaints raised by Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment dur­ing a sit­ting of Par­lia­ment chaired by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Re­becca Kadaga, Fri­day 08th Jan­u­ary 2016.

Af­ter mid­night, peo­ple in­clud­ing school go­ing chil­dren pay a fee of Ugx 1000/- ​to watch women per­form­ing erotic and nude danc­ing in bars around the cap­i­tal city and the coun­try,” Hon. Odonga Otto said.

“We are wor­ried that our chil­dren who visit these places are go­ing to be re­cruited into ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity,” added MP Sse­ba­gala

Con­ver­sa­tions on polic­ing morals in the 9th Par­lia­ment are some­thing that im­mensely ex­cite MPs, we have laws like the Anti pornog­ra­phy Act, the re­cent nul­li­fied Anti ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity Act, which the Speaker of Par­lia­ment re­ferred to as a Christ­mas pre­sent while par­lia­ment ap­proved the law.

Uganda as a coun­try has more press­ing prob­lems than moral polic­ing, we have is­sues like un­em­ploy­ment, there has­n’t been any leg­is­la­tion on ei­ther un­em­ploy­ment or un­der em­ploy­ment that Par­lia­ment has put in place to curb this. But with con­ver­sa­tions on how women dress, or the fact that many youths are gam­bling as a source of em­ploy­ment, the house is quick to en­act laws or even re­acts by ask­ing the po­lice to in­ter­vene.

I long for a day, where de­bates on un­em­ploy­ment some­how tan­ta­mount to a leg­is­la­tion like all morals like “in­de­cent dress­ing” or sex­u­al­ity.