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The Foundation for Human Initiative is concerned about the growing level of injustice meted upon Ugandans employed by foreign investors. To this end the Executive Director, Foundation For Human Rights Initiative, Dr Livingstone Sewanyana at a press Conference yesterday, Wednesday April 19, 2017 called for the speedy trial of investors and foreigners who employ Ugandans, but dehumanize them and treat them unlawfully while at their places of work. Jamila Opondo, 31, came to the Foundation For Human Rights Initiative seeking probono legal services from the Legal Services Division
Opondo accused property mogul and AYA boss, Mohammed Mohd Hamid of beating her up whenever she refused to have oral sex with him in his office. She narrated to the, George Musisi, a lawyer at the Foundation, how her boss sexually abused her at gun point. Opondo, joined AYA Group of Companies as a logistics officer in 2015 and said her boss, Mohammed had made it a habit to grab her breasts and bums whenever he summoned her to his office.
Dr. Sewanyana said: the Foundation was going to follow through Opondo’s case until justice is attained. “I am optimistic that Opondo’s case will send a warning message to all foreign investors who think that they will abuse Ugandans and walk scot-free that it is not business as usual,” he said. Dr Sewanyana convened other civil society players from Uganda Women’s Network (UWONET), Women in Democracy (WDG/N), Platform for Labour Action, Legal Aid Service Providers (LASPNET) and the Human Rights Network for Journalists in Uganda (HRNJ) at a press conference in the FHRI boardroom to speak out about the vice. Quoting the Employment Act of Uganda, Section 7; Dr. Sewanyana said: “Sexual harassment is illegal and is punishable by law.”
DR Miria Matembe, one of the activists who attended the press conference tasked the media to keep Opondo’s story alive and vowed not to give up fighting for justice even if it meant meeting the President to seek his intervention on the matter.