A senior Administrative Assistant of Makerere University in Uganda has been handed a two-year jail sentence and a fine of Shs4m for sexually molesting a former student in his office.
Edward Kisuze, a registrar in the College of Computing and Information Science at the University, was convicted on indecent assault by the Buganda Road Chief Magistrate, Miriam Akello on Wednesday.
The chief magistrate said there was overwhelming evidence from the prosecution that proved the case of indecent assault against Rachael Njoroge.
“All ingredients of indecent assault were proved beyond reasonable doubt by the prosecution witnesses. The accused is hereby sentenced to a fine of Shs4m or in default serve two years in jail,” Ms Akello said.
The magistrate, however, acquitted Kisuze of attempted rape.
Trouble started for the randy lecturer back in 2018 when the photo below went viral on social media. The photo shows the moment Kisuze was assaulting Ms Njoroge, a former student of the University.
Ms Njoroge who is from Kenya, reportedly took the selfie as the lecturer was busy licking all over her body.
In her testimony in court, Ms Njoroge said that the assault happened when she went to pick up her transcript at the registrar’s office after graduation. She said that Kisuze locked her up in his office and started assaulting her.
Prosecution contended that the unethical incident happened at Makerere University on April 13, 2018 when Ms Njoroge showed up to certify her transcript and pick her recommendation letter. She was referred to the registrar’s room for help.
Later that evening, she was given the transcript but as she was trying to look through, Kisuze rushed and locked the office door before molesting her.
In his defense, Kisuze told court that Ms Njoroge, upon entering his office, started lamenting how she had been mistreated by the university. He said that she actually told him she was feeling dizzy and that she had not eaten anything since morning.
Kisuze claimed that as Ms Njoroge tried to stand, she broke down in his office and he thought she was suffering from epilepsy.
“I was stuck; I did not know what to do but I managed to find some drinking water for her. After a few minutes, she started gaining consciousness and she asked what I was doing with her. While wailing, she picked her phone from the bag,” he said.
Kisuze denied being the person in the photos that Ms Njoroge took and were at the time circulating on social media. He said Ms Njoroge was framing him to destroy his 20-year career and ruin his marriage.
Sexual harassment is common at many Universities in Africa. In December 2018, we published a similar story about a University professor who was also sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to sexual harassment charge. Read through this link