By Jumah Nsubuga
Female MPs under Uganda Women Parliamentary Association (UWOPA) have appealed to the minister of internal affairs Gen Aronda Nyakayirima to do thorough investigations in the police leadership at parliament.
The call comes after the top police leadership at parliament fired all pregnant police officers from the jobs.
The angry female lawmakers lead by the chairperson of the association also Oyam south MP Betty Among revealed that recalling all pregnant police officers from their posting at parliament was done in the violation of the constitution and employment act.
“Gen Aronda must investigate this saga because these young girls were psychologically toured. The top leadership of police post at parliament must explain whether they were following directives from Mr above to fire innocent young police officers. Adding that “It’s not a crime to be pregnant. It’s normal and legal to be pregnant and the constitution provides for a maternity leave for pregnant women. To come out and just suspend pregnant police is an abuse of the constitution” She said.
They (female MPs) further said that next week when parliament resumes from recess, they are going to table the matter.
“It is totally un acceptable. It is a total violation of human right especially in police force. The leadership of police post at parliament must quickly return pregnant officers at their work. This act was done in a bad faith and they should issue an apology to these young girls” said Pallisa district woman MP Amoit Judith Mary.
Meanwhile Kamwenge district woman MP Dorothy Nshaija said that “I really do not know what exactly happened to leaders of different institutions. Recently the Uganda Christian University in Kabale expelled young girls for being pregnant the same has happened to police officers. Are they targeting women or? Women rights are not supposed to be violated like that. We shall fight for this as women MPs since we represent women in parliament.
The parliamentary commission also directed the recalled pregnant police officers to be returned back to their jobs.
The police said that these officers were recalled for the good of their health, their unborn children and for the efficiency of the force.
The female police officers who were recalled due to pregnancy include W/PPC Christine Nakirya,W/PC Peace Mary,W/CP Alaisa Namubiru and Rosette Mirembe.