Christopher Gashirabake, the deputy solicitor general can now breath a sigh of relief after he was cleared of sexual harassment allegations brought against him by Samantha Mwesigye, a senior state attorney.
In May Mwesigye alleged that Gashirabake had victimised her after she turned down his sexual advances.
She claimed that Gashirabake had denied her travel opportunities and removed her from the contracts committee.
But a committee set up to investigate these claims did not find credit in them.
According to the committee report dated July 31, 2019, it was observed that Mwesigye had not reported the allegations for more than 10 years wondering why this had been the case.
“…From the year 2007, the office of the Solicitor General has been held by five different solicitor generals, two of whom were female. They were senior to and supervised the respondent. This was in addition to other ladies who held positions as directors and were senior or at the same level of seniority with the respondent,” the report noted.
The committee also found no evidence that Mwesigye had been denied travel opportunities abroad.
“Upon careful perusal (of Mwesigye’s complaint), the committee noted that the statement was more of a demand for additional travels than a complaint of sexual harassment,” the report stated.
“There was no evidence of implied or express promise of preferential treatment or a threat of detrimental treatment. There was no evidence that the bulk of nominations signed by the respondent were done in order to procure or after receiving sexual favours, ” it added.
In an interview with NBS TV in May, Mwesigye said she had been sexually harassed for over a decade and that she had not been assisted by the relevant authorities despite reporting the matter to them.
“I know this is a break in protocol but am at work ends. I have done everything to follow protocol but the system seems orchestrates to frustrate me” the Senior State Attorney said in a Whats App message she sent to the Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda seeking for assistance and the same has since gone viral.
Gashirabake denied the allegations leading the Solicitor General, Francis Atoke to institute a committee to investigate the matter.