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Kumi MP wants prisons wardens jailed for sexually harassing inmates

JUSTICE | Kumi Woman MP Monicah Amoding has called for jailing of officials in charge of inmates if found guilty of the sexually harassing them.

Amoding’s call is contained in the revised Sexual Offences Bill 2015 that seeks to consolidate laws related to sexual violence as well as combat the vice in the country.

The Bill was sent back for harmonization by Deputy Speake Jacob Oulanyah after Parliament discovered that a number of changes had come on board that risked altering the bill in its original tabling in 2015.

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It criminalises sex with inmates stating that an official or employee of a correctional facility who; engages in sexual contact or sexual intercourse, sexual harassment or sexual assault or performs a sexual act with an individual in custody commits and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for no less than seven years.

The Bill also touches on prostitution — which it maintains as illegal and punishable by up to seven years — as well as rape.

However, the Bill touches a contentious subject of marital rape with Clause 2(1) stating that for the purpose of an offence under subsection where the spouses are living together a spouse may refuse consent to a sexual act on several grounds.

The Bill lists the grounds for refusal, among others, as poor health or medical condition of the spouse, and evidence or reasonable fear that engaging in a sexual act is likely to cause injury or harm to the spouse refusing to perform a sexual act.

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