Makerere University Makerere hit with fresh sexual harassment allegations as student narrates how a lecturer tried to rape her

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She was seeking for help with class work

play Makerere University (Courtesy)

Weeks after a lecturer was smoked out over sexual harassment, fresh rape allegations have emerged at Uganda’s oldest university Makerere University.

A girl who preferred to be called Monica has come out in an interview with BBC to reveal how she was about to be raped by a lecturer.

Monica was tricked to going to the lecturer’s home when she sought help with class work from him after swapping courses.

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She alleges that the lecturer turned down a Monday appointment and rescheduled it to a Sunday.

“A lecturer told me that he would help me with class work. I called him and requested an appointment on Monday before class. He insisted I meet him on Sunday," Monica says in an interview, adding “I walked there, only for him to say I was late and he had left, and that I should meet him somewhere else. When he eventually arrived, he asked me to follow him. That is how he tricked me into going to his place of residence.”

play Makerere University (Courtesy)


Monica says she was extremely traumatized after the lecturer tried to rape her instead of helping her with the class assignment.

She managed to defend herself from being raped and succeeded to take photos of the rapist lecturer for evidence.

After the incident, Monica reported the attack but she received no help.

A university senate later formed a committee to investigate her case after she reported the issue to the vice chancellor.

play Makerere University Barnabas Nawangwe vice-chancellor since June 2017 (Courtesy)


The committee tasked her to prove that there was an 'environment of sexual harassment' when the incident happened; a thing she did since she had taken photos.

After investigations, it was proved that there had been an 'environment of sexual harassment' and she was told to go back to the same class where she was going to be taught by the rapist lecturer.

"I was asked to go back to the same college, where I was going to be taught by the same lecturer. Where I had lodged a complaint and no-one attended to me. So, I felt it was unjust for me to be asked to go back to the same hostile environment," Monica told BBC.

She turned down the offer and quit studies.

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