Ann Adeke Ebaju, the National Youth MP said it is unfortunate if MPs are really involved in sexual harassment of their employees.. She noted that MPs are not above the law and urged the girls to speak out openly.
Assistants to members of Parliament are accusing the legislators of sexual harassment.
The matter came up on Monday when members of the Uganda Parliamentarians
Personal and Research Assistants Association presented a petition to the
speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga over poor working conditions and remuneration
by the legislators.
association, which is led by Festo Kajura in
interim capacity, is composed of over 150 members.
Some female members
told Kadaga that they face sexual harassment from MPs who employ them.
Bakaire, a member of the association, said several ladies employed by the
legislators are pressurized into sex by the MPs so as to keep their jobs.
said they were finding it to keep their jobs at
Parliament and pleaded for the speaker’s intervention.
Bakaire said it is
mostly young girls from Universities and secondary schools who end up being
exploited but can’t speak out.
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Ann Adeke Ebaju, the National Youth MP said it is unfortunate
if MPs are really involved in sexual harassment of their employees.
that MPs are not above the law and urged the girls to speak out openly.
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Benard Atiku, the Ayivu county MP says that the female
personal assistants could be facing the problem since they are contracted by
individual members of parliament.
Apparently, each legislator hires their own
Atiku says those making the accusations should table evidence
to avoid appearing like there are blackmailing MPs.
Although Kadaga didn’t respond to the
complaints of sexual harassment, she encouraged women last week to report
sexual harassment in workplaces.
This came at a time when Samantha Mwesigye, a
senior State Attorney accused her superior Christopher Gashirabake of sexual harassment.