Minister of Gender, Elizabeth Phiri
PRODUCTION and circulation of the sex video or nude pictures for personal use, monetary gains or fame should be avoided at all cost as it is not only immoral but also a criminal offence in Zambia.
This embarrassing act is immoral and a criminal offence as it is likely to corrupt morals of people and erodes moral fibers of the nation, known to be Christian.
We are gravely disturbed and concerned by the growing trend of sex videos and nude pictures of men and women being circulated on social media platforms which unfortunately some of them are watched by the children of those involved.
We totally agree with Minister of Gender, Elizabeth Phiri who has appealed to the law enforcers to quickly move in to arrest the source of sex videos that have gone viral on social media because they are corrupting the morals of innocent children.
The Minister’s remarks follows a video that has gone viral on social media of a woman believed to be a wife of a clergyman in ChingolaDistrict and her unidentified youth boyfriend filming themselves while having sexual encounters in a room.
This leaked video has in the last 48 hours opened the floodgates for discussions on social media among Zambians concerning some immoral behaviour of a woman identified as ‘Amai Busa’.
The pornographic video has also attracted the attention of the Zambia Police, which according to Police public relations officer, Esther Katongo is being investigated by the cyber unit.
Minister of Gender said Zambia is a Christian nation and such videos were not good for the new generation and the body of Christ.
“A woman’s body should be respected and not exposed anyhow even if you are married it’s not right for you to be getting pictures of yourself naked and sharing naked videos with your husband he already knowns your body,” she said.
Thus, Ms Phiri has urged the law enforces to get to root of the video and arrest the culprits because it goes against the norms of the country to expose such videos.
Police spokesperson, Esther Katongo
And Ms Katongo said the Police service’s cyber crime unit would work with the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) to investigate the matter and bring the culprits to book.
Indeed, men and women must honour and respect their bodies with an act of responsibility, there is no justification for producing and circulating sex videos.
Based on several video and nude pictures that have had gone viral, it is undeniable fact that during the relationship, some partners may exchange or take intimate photos of themselves for their personal use, but what they must know is that when the relationship breaks down, one of the former partners may provide or distribute the intimate images to the other partners’ family, friends, employers etc., or may post such images on the Internet, in order to seek revenge on their former partner.
Young or older people are also increasingly exchanging intimate images consensually, which may later become fodder for humiliating cyberbullying attacks, with these images spreading quickly and often uncontrollably.
Often these images are originally intended for an individual or only a small number of other people but are disseminated more widely than the originator consented to or anticipated. The effect of this distribution is a violation of the depicted person’s privacy in relation to images, the distribution of which is likely to be embarrassing, humiliating, harassing, and degrading or to otherwise harm that person.
People should not be lured into acts that disgrace their dignity, corrupt and lead them into conflict with the law.
According to the Laws of Zambia, any person who takes part or has in their possession obscene material which can be in writing, drawing, painting, printed matter, pictures, posters, photographs and cinematography films or any manner whatsoever and puts them in circulation is liable for prosecution.
In fact, according to the laws of Zambia Cap 137 of section 177 (a) of the penal code chapter 87 clearly states that the offence carries a maximum of five years imprisonment.