By Our Reporter
Minister of State for Ethics & Integrity Simon Lokodo is in a hunt to arrest a self-proclaimed socialite Jack Pemba for allegedly leaking a sex tape where he’s involved in.
In an interview on Wednesday, Mr. Lokodo said a joint investigation between his ministry and Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) revealed that Pemba authored the video with one Honey Suleman (according to her social media profile) but cropped himself out.
“Jack Pemba is the author of the video that has been making rounds on social media. The anti-pornography committee and UCC have established that it was Jack Pemba,” he said.
Late April, the Tanzanian born socialite allegedly released a video clip on social media of him having sex with Suleman.
However, Mr. Lokodo said he was looking for both Pemba and Suleman.
“Jack Pemba and the lady in the video are currently at large,” Mr Lokodo said, adding that they will be arrested anytime.
Mr Lokodo further noted that he had been informed that Pemba, who is currently battling another court case of Shs1.1 billion debt filed by businessman Godfrey Kirumira, fled to Congo.
He also warned that the telecom companies which supply internet will be penalized if they continue allowing such videos on their networks.
“We intend to have a meeting with UCC, Police, NITA and intelligence to come out with an affirmative action to be able to know who uploads and watches these dirty things,” Mr Lokodo said.
Last week, the embattled socialite denied recording any sex tape.
“I want to say in the strongest terms that I am not the person in the video that is going around,” Pemba said.
He also dismissed the Facebook post of a certain “Jack Pemba” apologizing for the video saying he has no accounts on any social media platforms.
“I also want to say that I did not make any apology on Facebook as that is a fake account operated by impostors. I repeat – the Facebook account is fake and I am not the person in the sex video,” Pemba said in an audio clip he shared with a reporter.
Suleman whose face appears in the video, confirmed that the man she was making love to in the video was Jack Pemba. However, the face of the man in the video is not shown and neither is his voice heard.
On December 20 2013, Parliament passed the Anti-Pornography Bill (2014) which was later assented to by the President on February 6 2014.
Sections 2, 3, 13, 16 and14 have great potential to inhibit media freedom in Uganda. S.3 (1) provides that; “A person shall not produce, traffic in, publish, broadcast, procure, import, export, sell or abet any form of pornography.” Under Section 3 (2), on conviction, the offences attract a fine up to Uganda shillings ten (10) million (about USD 5,000) or imprisonment not exceeding 10 years or both.