By Carol Natukunda
THE Government will not allow a planned prostitutesâ€™ workshop to take place, the ethics and integrity state minister, Dr. James Nsaba Buturo, has said.
The workshop, targeting all prostitutes in East Africa, is reportedly being organised in Entebbe by Akina Mama Wa Africa, a local womenâ€™s organisation.
In a statement released yesterday, Buturo described the workshop as conspiracy to â€œcommit a criminal offence.â€
â€œIt is the duty of the Government to protect citizens of Uganda. It will not permit the association of self-confessed prostitutes when at risk are countless Ugandans as well as the desecration of our chosen way of life, which is to live as decent and lawful people,â€ Buturo said.
He described as â€œunwiseâ€ individuals or organisations who are aiding prostitutes to host the workshop.
â€œThe same organisation was behind the V-Monologues show which the Government stopped because it promotes immorality.
That track-record of dragging our God-loving country into the mud of immorality shall be resisted,â€ Buturo stressed.
Prostitution, Buturo noted, was a harmful practice, which dehumanises and exploits people.
â€œIt has broken homes, is a major source of the spread of HIV/AIDS. It is the worst form of child abuse. It treats them as sexual and commercial objects,â€ the minister explained.
He added that although Article 29 of the Constitution provides for freedom of association, it did not mean â€œfundamentally lawful.â€
â€œThe purpose of such association must be fundamentally lawful.
Under the Penal Code, Section 138 and 139 prostitution is a felony and is punishable by imprisonment for up to seven years with no option of a fine,â€ Buturo said.