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 an alumna.
Kisuze’s troubles started in 2018 when he was arrested for sexually assaulting Rachael Njoroge in his office where she had 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 and directed him to pay a fine of Shs 4 million or to serve two years in prison for molesting the student.
As a result, the university appointments board sat on Wednesday and decided to dismiss Kisuze. Makerere University vice chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe, 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 Nawangwe.
Sexual harassment remains a big challenge at Makerere University as more current and past students reveal a pattern of abuse. Female students have often complained of sexual harassment from their lecturers in favour of good grades.
A recent report on sexual harassment at the university established several factors perceived to be the major cause of the vice. These include among others; abuse of power by those holding academic and administrative authority and the patriarchal culture which, stereotypes females as sexual objects.
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