Uganda Women Parliamentarians (UWOPA) has condemned the recall of four pregnant police officers from Parliament by police citing compromise of security.
The Women MPs are now demanding an investigation in to the decision taken by the Head of Parliament Police Directorate the Assistant General of Police Lemmy Twinomugisha recommending this recall.
Uganda Women Parliamentarians (UWOPA) has condemned the recall of four pregnant police officers
from Parliament by police.
The Women MPs are now demanding an investigation into the decision taken by the Head of Parliament Police Directorate the Assistant Inspector General of Police Lemmy Twinomugisha recommending this recall.
The women led by the Chairperson of UWOPA Betty Amongi claim that Twinomugisha violated the Constitution of Uganda and the Employment Act.
Early this week, four pregnant police officers including Alaisa Namubiru, Rosette Mirembe who had just returned from maternity leave, Christine Nakirya and Peace Mary were recalled from Parliament by Police redeploying them into the Human Resource Department in Police.
Polly Namaye, the Deputy Spokesperson of Police, noted that these women were compromising parliament security since their pregnancies were in advanced stages.
Under Article 33 stipulating the Rights of Women sub section (3) of the Uganda Constitution provides that State shall protect women and their rights, taking into account their unique status and natural maternal functions in society.
Meanwhile Part V of the Employment Act provides for employment of women under which it provides for maternity leave, no dismissal during maternity leave and women may work underground.
Apac Woman MP and UWOPA Chairperson Betty Amongi says that the decision taken by the head of police directorate Twinomugisha calls for investigation since he violated the Constitution and the Employment ACT.
She demanded for the return of the four recalled pregnant women saying that they will petition Parliament on Tuesday next week demanding the Minister for Internal Affairs to give a time frame in which the women are to be returned on duty at Parliament.
Amongi said that without the return of the women, they will also influence the Parliamentary Commission not to give allowances to the eleven new deployed Police officers at Parliament until the four women are returned.
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Pallisa Woman MP Amoit Judith Mary condemned the recall of the pregnant officers calling it unfortunate and against women empowerment.
She noted that they are not to tolerate the action calling the quick reinstatement of the four women and an immediate action on the police commandant at Parliament and a thorough investigation into the matter.
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Kamwenge District Mp Nshaija Dorothy noted that Police violated the Constitutional rights of these pregnant officers by withdrawing them due to pregnancy.
She noted that the act is to emotionally affect the babies these police officers are carrying demanding that they be returned.
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