Mr Brian Musaga, 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.