Police on Friday 2nd November 2011 arrested Iris Kaingu and her alleged partner “Teddy Malekani”, previously identified as “Nathan Silenga” for appearing in obscene material. Lusaka Province Police Commissioner, Charity Katanga said the detention is to help police with their investigation into the matter.
Kaingu and her partner appeared in a 16 minute sexual video that has been circulated all over Zambia and is available on the internet. The video is the first public Zambian porno and has intrigued the nation. While Zambian laws specifically prohibit the production and distribution of pornography, many in the nation have expressed sympathy for the couple. Iris and her boyfriend made the video for private consumption but the video was leaked to the public by their friends.
It is of the opinion of Lusaka Today that by arresting the pair, the police are doing their job by the letter of the law. However, given the circumstances, we believe that Kaingu has already been shamed enough and any additional punishment is not necessary. Kaingu has to overcome the stigma of appearing in a sex video and try to lead a normal life again, a feat that will be huge challenge.