By Andrew Irumba
Kampala: At a time when cases of women being sexually abused by their employers and superiors at work are increasing, the government of Uganda has revealed that it is committed to investigating the sexual harassment complaints by Samantha Mwesigye, a senior State Attorney who recently opened up about being sexually harassed in office.
Mwesigye, who works with the ministry of health, shocked the nation early this month when she went public about her sexual abuse, by revealing that for more than 10 years she had been harassed by her boss, Christopher Gashirabake, the director of legal affairs in the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs. She, however, added that her complaints had been ignored by the relevant authorities, noting that she had been denied justice wherever she sought it.
The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, the Attorney General William Byaruhanga and the Minister of Gender Janat Mukwaya met on Thursday to discuss the matter and ensure that justice is delivered to Mwesigye in time and that such shameful acts are not perpetrated. The meeting followed a petition from a delegation of Women led by the National Female Youth MP Ann Adeke Ebaju demanding justice for Mwesigye. However, Speaker Kadaga advised Mwesigye to remain calm while waiting for a report of the committee that was set up to investigate the sexual harassment allegations. The investigating committee is led by Administrator General, Charles Kasibayo and three others.
The Attorney General William Byaruhanga noted that they hope that the investigation will be complete within a month. But we wait for the report from the committee, it should be noted that acts of sexual abuse against women at the workplace and at universities are increasing on a daily basis, yet many of them never get redress whenever they attempt to report the abusers to authorities mandated by the law to help them.