I witnessed other women going in with their bags so I went to the female officer who said to my face that 'she doesn't want a bomb to explode in her presence' My point is there is a lot of islamophobia in the country....."
By Prossy Namiiro
On November 26, a lady names withheld, was recorded raising a concern through a phone call.
On her way to take herbal drinks samples for examination near a public office, she was stopped by an officer, asked why she had come with her bag and then tasked to take the bag back.
“I told him the bag had samples for herbal drinks I had brought for examination and he asked me to take it back. I realized that other people both men and women had entered with their bags. There was a female officer on duty so I wondered why they were not checking me.
I decided to remove some of the samples from my bag, hold them and entered. When I reached the lab, the lab officer asked why I was holding the samples and I explained the situation. He told me that they had tasked the security officer to cross check every one and their luggage before they let them in because it was a public place.
I moved out to go to housing finance bank to make my payments and to my surprise, the treatment at the bank was normal. I made my payments and headed back to lab office building. I told the officer to tell his female colleague to check me and my bag because it is risky to transport the samples holding them in my hands. He refused.
I witnessed other women going in with their bags so I went to the female officer who said to my face that ‘she doesn’t want a bomb to explode in her presence’ My point is there is a lot of islamophobia in the country…..’ She said
This kind of treatment did not only happen to the lady caller, on Tuesday, November 30, social media was awashed with the a video of a one Nassanga Naswibah, a student at Kyambogo University..She revealed in the video.
“There is something which is going on at Kyambogo University, the muslim girls are not allowed to enter examinations with veils. I myself I have fallen a victim today we have been unveiled when we were entering the paper. We had a theology paper and we were made to remove our veils under strict conditions…” She revealed.
Nassanga’s case is not the first of it’s kind at Kyambogo, three days a go, The independent website reported another case at the same University.
Religious leaders in the institution and the university management have discussed the matter and there is hope for improvement in the treatment of muslim girls at the University.