By Gad Masereka
Kampala: Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has Wednesday appointed a team of eight women, who she tasked to investigate allegations of sexual harassment which were raised recently by personal assistants against their bosses, the legislators.
Kadaga appointed well-experienced and long-serving legislators to carry out the investigations, whereby she urged them to make a report and present it before the August House very soon. The team will be led by the Kasese Woman Member of Parliament Winfred Kiiza, Amelia Kyambadde the Minister of Trade and Mawokota Woman MP, Pamela Kamugo Nasiyo the Budaka Woman MP and the Former Commissioner of parliament who is the Dokolo Woman MP Cecilia Ogwal. It should be recalled that at the beginning of this month, issues of sexual harassment were tabled in the parliament by the female personal assistants under their umbrella, Uganda Parliamentarians Personal and Research Assistants Association, whereby they strongly accused male legislators of sexually harassing them even when they know that they are married to someone else, and petitioned Kadaga to intervene.
According to Diana Bakaire, a member of the Female Personal Assistants Association, said that “Women who are being employed by the legislators are forced into sex by some Members of Parliament to guarantee their jobs.” She added that “Honourables are heard in corridors arguing that some of the highlighted MPs to investigate into this matter are not worthy especially Hon. Amelia Kyambadde, because of her missing parliament sessions since she is always attending to ministerial businesses.” However, Kiiza said they have not yet been oriented on what to do during the investigations process. Some other women parliamentarians have also shown concern about this matter and have called for their fellows to build unity, trust, safety and respect for the selves.