Parliament ready to pass sexual offences bill – says Speaker Kadaga

A boy holds a banner calling for a stop on violence in homes.

THE youth have written to the Speaker of Parliament to accelerate the Sexual Offences Bill as a way of averting the increasing cases of violence against women and teenage girls.

Presenting the petition to Rt. Hon. Speaker Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga on Friday on behalf of the concerned youth, Sylvia Akello, the Otuke District Woman MP said that sexual hostility is one of the major challenges that harmfully leave impact on the health and wellbeing of girls and young women in the country.

She says girls are sexually harassed in schools, work places and even in their communities countrywide.

Ms Akello also noted that about 82 percent of girls are sexually abused right from primary, secondary to universities and other institutions of learning.

“The sex for marks condition has left our young women violated by males in position of authority,” MP Akello noted with concern.

Otuke district Woman MP says if the bill is fast tracked, it will protect young women and men from all forms of sexual violence and ensure that schools, work places and communities become safe haven for.

On Friday, youth had a celebration to mark the National Parliament Youth Advocacy Day; an event seeing youth debate in the Parliamentary Chamber.

Nearly three years ago, the Kumi district Woman MP, Monicah Amoding who also doubles as the Chairperson of Uganda Women Parliamentary Association (UWOPA), tabled the Sexual Offences Bill 2016 as a Private Members Bill.

The bill intends to merge all laws related to sexual offences and also to spell out clear penalties against sex offenders.

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga assured the youth that the Sexual Offences Bill will be passed. She however, says there was delay to pass it.

Speaker Kadaga says all the impending Bills should be presented before Parliament by October, 2018.

 “All the pending bills have to be presented before October this year. I am ready for the Sexual Offences Bill because I know how important it is. I have designated a sitting to legislate on these bills,” Kadaga assures Ugandans.

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