Zambia Congress of Trade Unions secretary general Cosmas Mukuka has been reported to police for alleged sexual harassment.
Mukuka, who is also Basic Education Teachers Union of Zambia president, was yesterday reported at Lusaka Central Police’s Victim Support Unit by BETUZ deputy secretary general, Beatrice Yevuka, who has since opened a docket against her superior.
“I don’t want to say much; all I can say is that I have opened a docket for him (Mukuka),” said Yevuka, who avoided speaking to journalists after reporting the matter to police.
Later, Lusaka Province police commissioner Charity Katanga confirmed the matter in an interview.
She said the kind of abuse was a form of sexual relationship which had been going on for some time but “against the victim’s wish”.
“BETUZ president Cosmas Mukuka has been sexually harassing Beatrice Mwila Yevuka aged 51, the deputy secretary general at BETUZ. And it seems the harassment started from the time she was trustee and that is 2008 but it has persisted. We have received that report and we have instituted investigations and we are going to deal with the matter,” said Katanga. “So now, it has been going on like that because of his position and sometimes he could even organise ma meetings when she’s around to make it easy to have access to her. Last time, they also had an encounter where he inserted his fingers into her private parts.”
Efforts to get a comment from Mukuka were unsuccessful as his phone went unanswered.