Female workers operating as parking revenue
collectors along different streets in Mbale city have raised their concern over continuous
sexual harassment by their supervisors.
Mbale authorities in 2018 awarded Central Investment Authority company a tender to collect fees from vehicles on all streets in the town.
According to some victims who preferred
anonymous, their supervisors tend to ask for sex from them and if they refuse, they
discontinue them using false allegations against that particular female
worker.They add that this year alone six of their
female colleagues have been sacked because of refusing to provide sexual pleasures to their bosses, which is
Victims explain that they have failed to
raise the matter to relevant authorities like Mbale city or police since they
fear to lose their jobs.
The workers also says that before acquiring that
job, they agreed with their bosses verbally to paid 25% out of their daily collection money which worked for the
first three months but was later stopped.
They says that they are working under hard
conditions and some times can take two or more months before getting the 100,000 shillings salary they are told is their pay.
James Kutosi the public relation officer of
Mbale City says the city is not responsible to those workers but Central Investment Authority.
//Cue in’’what im saying’’ …..// // Cue out
‘’how council come in’’….// //Kutosi on workers Eng//
Felix Nabusaamu the Mbale city labor officer shock with the information saying it is his first time to hear
such from those workers.
He urged the victims go to his offices
and report the matter with evidence so that they can take legal action
against the suspects since obtaining sex by menaces is criminal.
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out ‘’ must be brought to book’’….// //officer on sex Eng//
Steven Masiga one of the human rights
activists in Mbale city has asked the complainants to engage his office to handle the matter with the authorities. He condemned the sexual abuse, saying that he has been
getting similar complaints from other female workers of different organization
and local government offices.
However one of the Central Investment Authority Company staff who preferred
anonymity has dismissed
allegations saying that those girls are aiming at tarnishing their name.
He adds that those workers who were dismissed
were founds in act of misusing funds they collected by "eating" the money instead of remitting it to the office at the end of the day as agreed, while others were incompetent.
The worker also says that all workers are paid
25% on part of their daily collection as agreed in time, adding that anybody
with evidence that they don’t remit their salary or delay can produce the evidence.
Rogers Taitika the Elgon region police
spokesperson has condemned the said acts, saying that those workers should report the
matter to police and they start investigations. //Cue in ‘’institution yabwe’’ ……// // Cue out ‘’ani
agagafulwa’’………// //Police on sex Lug//