Women MPs under the Uganda Parliamentary Women’s Association (UWOPA) has accused local leaders of using the current COVID-19 situation to lure vulnerable women into sex in exchange for relief food.
The remarks were made today by UWOPA Chairperson, Pamela Kamugo (pictured) while addressing journalists at Parliament today.
She revealed that a week ago a Lady whose name has been withheld called her claiming that an LC1 chairperson was asking for sex before giving her food.
“I had a phone call from a lady from the places where food was being distributed. She was crying, she said the area chairperson told her that he couldn’t give her food without sex. This is very unfortunate. If this is true; if it happened, something must be done. This might be happening in other areas,” Kamugo said.
She also added that government should think of setting up a special interest free fund to be used after COVID-19 pandemic to save the sinking businesses for both women and men.
Kamugo also said loan repayments should be suspended until the pandemic is over.
UWOPA has also appealed to government to register all elderly people and provide them with necessities including access to clean water.