By Abraham Kizza
Following reports that some Makerere University lecturers have been forcing their students into sex for marks, Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA) has joined hands and vowed to see that this vice ends.
This comes a few days after one of their own, Dr Swizen Kyomuhendo was suspended on Friday last week for allegedly asking a female student for sex in exchange for marks.
Whereas a five member investigations committee has been instituted to handle the matter, Dr. Kyomuhendo has been suspended by the Vice Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe to allow smooth investigations.
Dr. Deus Kamunyu Muhwezi, Chairman MUASA in a statement decries the actions by Dr. Kyomuhendo as something that is costing the image of the University.
“The media all over Uganda and beyond has been running reports on sexual harassment at Makerere University since Monday 26/02/2018. The details of the reports are disheartening to our community which has and continues to house the top most black Africa academics and highly rated centres of excellence in training and research in Africa,” said Dr. Kamunyu.
He adds that following the reports, their alumni, partners and friends throughout the world are calling for their resolve to end this vice or else it risks running down their undisputed and hard earned legacy.
“Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA) does not condone sexual harassment of any form and kind at Makerere University. We commit to work jointly with the University Management and the Students Guild as an association to make sure that all our policies work towards ensuring that our young people are not affected by this vice going forward,” he promised.
Dr. Kamunyu however said that issues surrounding sexual relationships are sophisticated since Makerere is a secular University.
“To achieve a sexual harassment free study and working environment and going forward, we will require maximum cooperation from both students and staff of this great institution,” he said.
Sex for Marks in Makerere University is not a new vice to be heard of, several cases have been reported among which in July 2017, another lecturer, one Brian Musaga, a former assistant lecturer in the college of Business and Management Studies (CoBAMS) was also implicated by six of his students for sexual harassment.
According to a report from a committee which was instituted to investigate his conduct, it was discovered that using his position as the examinations coordinator, Musaga intimidated female students who had been caught in examinations malpractice or failed papers by threatening that they would be dismissed from the university if they did not yield to his sexual demands.