Sinfa Uganda Boss Sent on Forced Leave Over Sexual Harassment

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Harriet Auma, an IT student who is employed by Sinfa, accused the manager of demanding for sexual favours in order to get a promotion and get paid regularly. She alleged that since she refused to give in to the demand, her salary was cut from 500,000 shillings a month to just 50,000 shillings.

The Sinfa Uganda Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Wilfred Musinguzi has been sent on forced leave by the company for reported exploitation and sexual harassment of workers.
 
Early this month over 30 students working with Sinfa Uganda, an internet ICT service provider dragged its leadership to the Gulu district authorities complaining of unpaid salaries and sexual exploitation by the bosses of the company.
 
Harriet Auma an IT student who is employed by Sinfa accused the manager of demanding for sexual favors in order to get a promotion and get paid regularly.
 
She alleged that since she refused to give in to the demand, her salary was cut from 500,000 shillings a month to just 50,000 shillings. 
 
She said only those who were perceived to be close to their manager were receiving regular payment for their work.
 
The students also complained that they have been denied contracts inspite of the fact that they had been turning up for work every day. 
 
As a result of the accusations, OXFAM resolved to remove Musinguzi from his position at Sinfa Uganda. OXFAM supervises Sinfa's activities in Uganda.
 
The decision to remove Musinguzi was communicated by OXFAM Program Manager Brain Munyao Longwe.
 
Longwe apologised to the aggrieved workers and explained that Musinguzi's conduct goes against the core principles of OXFAM and Sinfa.
 
He said OXFAM and Sinfa were set up to encourage economic development, gender, labor and human rights.
 
Sinfa employs over 200 youths in northern Uganda as full time staff and while those who work part time are paid on commission.
 
Sinfa aims to use ICT technology to improve livelihood of communities, offering free internet resource center and micro sourcing. Sinfa has created ICT centers at sub county levels and they recruit youths to train the local community on the use of ICT.
 
The project is slated to last three years and encourage ICT use in northern Uganda. It has a working budget of seven million Euros.
 
Longwe said stricter guidelines and rules of conduct would be enforced at Sinfa Uganda to ensure workers' rights are protected.
 
But Musinguzi denied all the accusations brought against him. He also said he had not been fired but was simply seeing through his annual leave.
 
A labour officer in Gulu Christine Akumu said clear work place policies are essential and it should clearly stipulate clearly the conduct and behavior of workers and their bosses.

 

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