On Tuesday, the Solicitor General Francis Atoke, issued a statement indicating that he constituted a Committee as required by the Employment (sexual harassment) regulations 2012 on February 6th 2019 to investigate the complaints.
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The office of the Solicitor General has responded
to allegations of sexual harassment raised by Mwesigye Samantha, a Senior State
Last week, Mwesigye was quoted in the media accusing Christopher
Gashirabake, the Director of Legal Affairs in the Justice and Constitutional
Affairs Ministry of subjecting her to sexual harassment for over 10
Mwesigye said that she had reported the matter
to different agencies but wasn’t helped. A conversation she had with the
Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda on March 3rd on social media has since gone
“I know this is a break in protocol but am at
work ends. I have done everything to follow protocol but the system seems
orchestrates to frustrate me" she wrote.
Mwesigye explained that she has been facing
sexual harassment from her former director now deputy Solicitor General,
She claimed that she had reported the matter to
the Solicitor General in September last year and requested a sexual harassment
committee be set up to investigate the matter but nothing was done.
Mwesigye noted that she had exercised restraint
in ensuring that the matter doesn’t become public to protect the institution
but that she also needed to be protected.
She explained that she was even being
frustrated and that she had intended to attend a UN procurement course in
Washington using her own funds but the Ministry denied to recommend her as her
"Sexual harassment is systematic and must
stop. Government must do more to ensure that women are protected in the work
place," Mwesigye wrote.
She attached her petition to the Inspectorate
of Government. Mwesigye said she was never helped prompting her to go public
On Tuesday, the Solicitor General Francis Atoke, issued a
statement indicating that he constituted a Committee as required by the
Employment (sexual harassment) regulations 2012 on February 6th 2019 to
investigate the complaints.
"The committee is chaired by the
Administrator General and other senior officials from the Ministry e.g. the
Secretary Law Council, the Acting Undersecretary Finance and Administration and
the Assistant Commissioner Human Resources Management,” reads the statement in
He says that the Committee has since reviewed the evidence
that Mwesigye submitted to his office in line with the Employment Act 2006 and
Employment (Sexual harassment) Regulation 2012.
On April 29th, 2019, the Committee requested
Mwesigye to submit additional evidence, if any, related to the allegations.
provided the said evidence on May 5th, 2019 inform of emails and
WhatsApp messages between her and Gashirabake.
"The Committee has similarly written to the accused to
tender in his response to the allegations," the statement reads.
Atoke says that the Justice Ministry has taken
every effort to address the allegations through established structures and will
continue to handle the matter to its conclusion.
"The Ministry remains firm that the committee will do a
thorough job and as soon as its investigations are complete, a report will be
submitted to the top management of the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional
Affairs, with recommendations for appropriate action," he said.