Trouble at the Ivory Tower; Three Lecturers Suspended for Alleged Sexual Harassment
Three Makerere University academic staff have been suspended for alleged sexual harassment. These include; Vincent Ssajjabi, an assistant lecturer in the School of Economics, Medard Twinobuhungiro, an Assistant Lecturer in the School of Business and Jackson Sekiryango from School of Languages, Literature and Communication.
According to Barnabas Nawangwe the Makerere University Vice-Chancellor Professor, the trio was suspended pending investigations for alleged sexual harassment against female students.
In 2018, a report on the investigation of sexual harassment at Makerere University established several factors perceived to be the major causes of sexual harassment at the university, including abuse of power by those holding academic and administrative authority.
Assistant Lecturer Medard Twinobuhungiro was recorded by his student demanding sex or else he sets a hard exam paper that will make her fail.
Also, on February 26, 2018, a female student accused Dr Swizen Kyomuhendo, a senior lecturer in the Department of Social Work and Social Administration in the School of Social Sciences, of sexually harassing her. Dr Kyomuhendo was suspended, investigated and later sacked in December last year.
Brian Musaga, a lecturer in the School of Statistics and Planning, in July 2017 while in charge of examinations was accused by six female students for sexually harassing and assaulting them and the university suspended him.
Also, in April 2017 two female students of medicine and surgery approached the Mentorship Committee of the College of Health Sciences complaining of being sexually harassed by some lecturers.
More students got the courage to come out, revealing a pattern of abuse after that April 2017 matter.
In April 2018, Edward Kisuze, an officer in the Academic Registrar’s Department, was also arrested after he allegedly abused a former female student, Rachael Njoroge while she was seeking certification of her academic documents.
Also in 2018, three young females who work with Kenya Airport Parking Services reported a case of sexual abuse by a Directorate of ICT Support male staff member to the Estates and Works Department of the university, which directly supervises KAPS work.