The Uganda Women Parliamentary Association (UWOPA) in association with Center for Domestic Violence Prevention (CEDOVIP) have called upon the Ministry of Education and Sports to investigate the Management of St. Lawrence Schools over what they termed as indecent behaviors of the late Prof Lawrence Mukiibi.
The two bodies are demanding a report on claims that Mukiibi, more about the deceased school director sexually abused some of his students, among them minors and others without their consent.
The public was shocked after the death of the late professor early this month, when it emerged that he had sired over two dozen children.
UWOPA Chairperson and Kumi district Woman MP, Monica Amoding told the media on Thursday that the actions of the late Mukiibi speak volumes about how school managers behave, hence the need to investigate and conclude the matter.
“We want to use Mukiibi’s case as a point of advocacy to tell the public that indeed this is what the civil society has been telling you; we have been telling you that teachers and people in authority defile our children,” Amoding said.
She added that the Ministry of Education should explain to Ugandans how and when it intends to put mechanisms and policies to safe guard the rights of girls in schools from abuse by those in authority.
“This is the opportunity to rectify our mistakes as a country; this can be done by supporting the Sex Offences Amendment Bill that is coming before Parliament; the law as well prohibits connivance by a parent to kill a defilement case,” Amoding noted.
Amoding also implored authorities to expeditiously conclude investigations on sexual allegations on the proprietor of Aya Group of companies Mohamed Hamid as well as re-investigating sexual violence allegations against Bishop Patrick Makumbi of Global Gospel healing Ministries.
CEDOVIP Executive Director Tina Musuya expressed alarm over the increased rate of sexual harassment in the country.
“There is something fundamentally wrong with our community, there is a lot of sexual abuse taking place against children, the levels of teenage pregnancy are at an epidemic level,” Tina said.