Makerere University sacks lecturer over sexual harassment

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The Makerere University Appointments Board has dismissed Edward Kisuze, an officer in the Academic Registrar’s Department, who was recently convicted by court for indecent assault of a female student.   

Kisuze’s troubles started in 2018 when he was arrested for sexually assaulting Rachael Njoroge in his office.

Rachael had reportedly gone to certify her academic documents.

His arrest followed a photo that circulated on social media showing the assistant registrar sexually assaulting Njoroge. 

Buganda Road Chief Magistrate’s Court found him guilty of sexual assault in October this year.

He was directed to pay a fine of 4 million Shillings or serve two years in prison.

As a result, the University Appointments Board sat on Wednesday and decided to dismiss Kisuze.

Professor Barnabas Nawangwe, Vice-Chancellor, Makerere University, says the decision was based on the court decision and university policy of “zero tolerance” to sexual assault.

“Within the university structures, his sexual harassment case was still being processed. But, he had been dragged to court, which gave a ruling and once court rules against any member of staff on a criminal offence, he has to be dismissed.

That is the regulation. But still, he had to go either way,” said Professor Nawangwe.

Source: URN

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