Makerere University administration has suspended one of its senior staff for allegedly sexually harassing a female student in the latest sex scandal to hit the country’s oldest public university.
The university administration identified the offender as Edward Kisuze, an administrative assistant in the Department of the Academic Registrar. This follows a picture that circulated on different social platforms especially WhatsApp on Tuesday that showed a man, in an office, bending between the legs of a young woman, seemingly licking her private parts.
In a letter dated April 17, 2018, the acting Vice Chancellor, Professor William Bazeyo, said he was responding to a complaint of sexual harassment from the student, who has since been identified as Racheal Njeri Njoroge of Kenya origin
Kisuze was there by suspended from university service on half pay immediately to allow a smooth investigation into the matter. He was strongly advised to desist from any access to the senate building premises and interactions with students of Makerere University until investigations are completed.
The university spokesperson, Ritah Namisango, claims Kisuze had been arrested by the Uganda Police Force.
The incident comes a month after Dr. Swizen Kyomuhendo from the Department of Social Work and Social Administration was on March 1 suspended from university service after a television expose` left him in a compromising state with the un-named female student troubled with her marks she needed to graduate on time. The expose` indicated the beleaguered university lecturer had suggested meeting the student in a hotel room. Makerere has appointed a Commitee to investigate the matter.
In a statement produced Tuesday evening, Makerere University Staff Association chairman Deus Kamunyu Muhwezi condemned the act of their fellow staff member, saying sexual harassment has no place at the institution.
Mr Muhwezi lauded Njeri for coming out to expose the guilty party.
I thank Ms. Njoroge for her courage in exposing the errant officer who harassed her. I encourage all students who are harassed to report those cases promptly so that we can stamp this Vice out of Mak.
— Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (@ProfNawangwe) April 17, 2018