Makerere University administration has broken silence following accusations of covering up sex-for-marks scandals, for sale http://crememinceur.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-comment-endpoint.php saying an investigation into the matter is underway.
The University convocation chairman Dr Tanga Odoi on Tuesday held a press conference at the campus where he demanded an explanation into alleged abuse of university girls by lecturers.
Just recently, http://cineaverde.com/wp-includes/class-wp-term-query.php Mr Brian Musaga, http://cultnews.com/wp-content/themes/twentytwelve/inc/custom-header.php an Assistant Lecturer at the School of Statistics and Planning was accused of sexual harassment by his female student.
The victim claimed Musaga had demanded for sex if she wanted to avoid repetitive retakes, allegations that embarrassed Makerere University.
Reacting to the damaging revelations, Makerere publicist Ritah Namisango said, “The Vice Chancellor, Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu instituted an investigation committee to study the matter.”
Namisango said the university takes into consideration the Constitution of Uganda which stipulates that everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
However, she quickly added that Makerere University’s Policy and Regulations on Sexual Harassment applies to all students, academic staff, administrative staff and support staff who participate in the university programmes, activities and employment in both on-and-off campus settings.
She further pointed out after Makerere University Appointments Board noted a series of allegations of sexual harassment against Musaga, the lecturer was “suspended with immediate effect until investigations are concluded.”
The public relations officer said when allegations or complaints are received; all sides should be listened to including witnesses.
“The Member of staff shall appear before the Committee, the affected students shall appear before the Committee, witnesses shall appear to mention, but a few,” Namisango emphasised.
Cases of sexual abuse have been rampant at Makerere University.
A few months ago, a lecturer was arrested and jailed for raping and infecting a girl student with HIV. The student was living in the lecturer’s garage.
Namisango said the Investigative Committee started its work on June 22 and is expected to complete its work within three weeks before submitting a report to the Vice Chancellor for appropriate action.
She said the committee will not only carry out investigations into the allegations of sexual harassment by Musaga but also any other staff in the College of Business and Management Sciences.
After the investigations, Vice Chancellor Prof Ddumba-Ssentamu will submit the report to the Makerere University Appointments Board for appropriate action.
Dr Tanga warned lecturers that the convocation would not sit and relax when a few individuals are soiling the university’s name.
“Lecturers and staff who think students are something to play about and can go to bed with them are warned. We shall fish you from your offices or classes and take you to where you belong,” he warned.
“The classroom is not a theatre of love but to extend knowledge to students.”
According to Dr Tanga, lecturers delay release of test results to lure desperate students into their traps which he said is only ruining the future of students.
“After these students have left school, they become wives but that cannot be fulfilled when they are molested by lecturers. The university and classrooms should not be turned into a theatre of love.”
Namisango said since November 2015 to date, the Makerere University Gender Mainstreaming Directorate has held sensitization workshops for staff and students focusing on “The Makerere University Policy and Regulations on Sexual Harassment.”
“The Gender Mainstreaming Directorate together with the School of Women and Gender Studies continue to encourage both staff and students to take a bold step and report cases of sexual harassment so that appropriate action is taken,” said Namisango.