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Aden Duale’s anti-pornography Bill sparks hot debate

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By Claret Adhiambo

Former National Assembly Majority leader Aden Duale has come under attack over his controversial anti-pornography Bill.

The Computer Misuse and Cyber crimes (Amendment) Act, 2020 is set for publication and introduction in the National Assembly for consideration this week.

If passed, the new law will impose a fine of Sh. 20 Million or be jailed for 20 years if found sharing or downloading pornographic material.

The bill further seeks to compel the government to block access to porn websites in Kenya.

Apart rom that, publishing and sharing of such material will be made illegal if it is passed into law.

The bill has received some backlash from a section of social media users with some telling Duale to focus on things that are more important like corruption and not pornography.

Here are some of the views from Kenyans;

“Aden Duale is introducing a Bill in Parliament that will see anyone who downloads, distributes or circulates pornographic material be fined Sh20 million or 20 years in jail. COVID millionaires are chewing public funds like Big-G, but it’s pornography taking blame for it,” wrote @GabrielOguda.

“Watching pornography or sharing it privately is like prostitution or homosexuality … These are personal moral choices that don’t need legislation …. Aden Duale should focus on Terrorism & Corruption: Kenya’s twin problems that undermine our economy & sovereignty,” said lawyer @DonaldKipkorir.

Aden Duale knows the problems facing this country but all he can do is try legislate about sexuality and porn. If we can fight corruption, people will have ‘dating’ money and won’t need porn. Let’s focus!,” Kuluo George


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