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Gashirabake sexual harassment report expected in June

Senior State Attorney, Ms Samantha Mwesigye, accuses Deputy Solicitor General Mr Christopher Gashirabake, for subjecting her to sexual harassment for over 10 years. (PHOTO/File)

KAMPALA – The report into investigations that by Samantha Mwesigye, the Senior State Attorney that came out accusing the Deputy Attorney General, Christopher Gashirabake will be ready in a month’s time, Government has revealed.

The revelation was made by Attorney General, William Byaruhanga who told journalists at Parliament that a team has been set up to investigate the allegations and the investigations are expected to end in a month’s time with the report expected to be shared with Parliament.

He explained: “We have set up the sexual harassment committee, it is listening to both the parties and the investigations are ongoing there is nothing more to say until the investigations are complete. We don’t want to preempt an investigation and give it a very short time frame, it will not exceed a month, unlikely to exceed a month.”

Byaruhanga made the statement after a closed-door meeting with Speaker Rebecca Kadaga as well as Minister for Gender Labour and Social Development Janat Mukwaya in response to a petitioned filed by female activists that accused the Ministry of Justice of ignoring Mwesigye’s complaints.

Recently, Anna Adeke (National Youth MP) petitioned Parliament complaining that ever since Mwesigye brought the case to the attention of the Ministry as well as Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda accusing Gashirabake of sexually harassing and victimizing her when she worked at the Ministry, no action was taken to punish Gashirabake of his creepy conduct but left him to continue with his life as she was left nursing the traumatic experience she had to endure at Gash’s hands.

Speaking to journalists after the meeting, the Speaker said that the Attorney General and Minister Mukwaya had informed her that they set up a committee led by Charles Kasibayo the administrator General and four other members to investigate the matter.

Kadaga said: “The Committee I understand was appointed in February 2019 and they have already commenced work so, in the circumstances, we have agreed for the Committee to complete the investigations they give us a report then we shall know how to proceed.”

She also noted that Minister Mukwaya told her that if the complainant will not get satisfied with the internal committee she will be at liberty to appeal.

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