Police in Mbarara are holding 19 people who were allegedly found strip-dancing in one of the night clubs in Ruti Nyakayojo division, Mbarara Municipality.

Some of those arrested include Christine Kamugisha 23, Faridah Namatovu 20, Joan Nakanwaji 26, Aisha Nabukenya, and Stephen Senyonjo among others. They were arrested in the wee hours of Monday after being found parading their naked bodies at Miyano Club commonly known as Zero.

On interrogation, the suspects revealed that they were brought from Kampala by one of the bar owners and hired to do strip dancing as part of entertainment at the bar.

Jeffari Magyezi, the Mbarara district police commander confirms the arrest.

He says that more investigations into the matter have been initiated to ensure that the get to the source of the act.

He says that preliminary investigations indicate that some of the members were hired from around Mbarara town while the rest are from Kampala.

Magyezi says that out of the 19, only 2 were males and the rest are female. The suspects are being held at Mbarara Central Police Station.

The DPC says they will continue with the operation to arrest bar and club owners where such illegal activities are being carried out in Mbarara.

Magyezi further revealed that some of the suspects are from secondary schools with in Mbarara town.

A worker attached to ground Zero bar Mbarara who talked to our reporter on condition of anonymity due to fear of reprisal, revealed that the owners of the bar prefers strip-dancing because it is very profitable.

He revealed that every customer must pay 10,000 shillings before entering the bar when strip dancing is on their menu.

Section 13 of the Anti-Pornography Act 2014 prohibits any person from producing, trafficking in, publishing, broadcasting, procuring, importing, exporting, selling or abetting any form of pornography. Such person is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding 10 million shillings or imprisonment not exceeding 10 years, or both.