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Varsity suspends lecturer over sexual harassment

A university lecturer, Mr. Kisuze Edward, has been suspended by the University of Makarere in Uganda over allegations of sexual harassment.

In the letter of suspension, which bore the stamp of the office of the Vice Chancellor and was posted on the university’s Twitter handle on Tuesday, Edward  is on suspension due to allegations of sexual harassment preferred against him by one of his students, Rachael Njeri, who wrote the school authorities on 16th April.

Edward was notified of the allegation and asked to share his own side of the story.

Upon receipt of his response, the university placed him on immediate suspension on half pay, pending an investigation into the allegation.

The university later tweeted that the lecturer has also been arrested by the Police.

See the tweet containing Edward’s suspension letter and arrest notice:

Recall that the vice chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University finally reacted to the scandalous reports of one of its professors requesting an exchange of sex for pass marks.

In a statement personally signed and released to the public, on Wednesday, April 11, the vice-chancellor, Eyitope Ogunbodede, said that investigation of identifying the person involved is currently in progress.

He said:

“In full compliance to all applicable laws, the university has set up a high powered committee to investigate the allegation and submit its report within one week. Anyone found culpable will be dealt with decisively.

“The university considers sexual harassment as an offence punishable contrary to the code of conduct and anti-sexual harassment policy. The university will never condone such act by any staff or students.”

Similarly, the chairman of Congress of University Academics, Obafemi Awolowo University,Mr Niyi Sunmonu, maintained that if it is established that the leaked audio is true, the perpetrator is not fit to be in the academic environment.“Lecturers are expected to mould the lives of students.”

 

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Iyanu Sunkanmi

Iyanuoluwa is an Engineering graduate cum author at Kemi Filani Blog.Writing is something I enjoy doing alongside my Engineering tasks for the day!Email: [email protected]

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