Makerere University students have praised the University management over the decision taken to suspend three of its staff on grounds of sexual harassment.
On Tuesday this week, three lecturers were suspended by the University Vice – Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe.
The suspended are Vincent Ssajjabi, an assistant lecturer at the School of Economics, Medard Twinobuhungiro, an assistant lecturer at the School of Business and Jackson Sekiryango from the School of languages, literature and communication
Marion Kirabo a fourth year Law Student and Guild Minister for Gender, Ethics and Integrity told press this morning that the action taken was a positive step by the University management to clean the University image.
“We are ready to cooperate with the university authorities to stamp out the vice and we pledge to do all we can to fight it as the Guild. We are glad that slowly by slowly the University is taking a brave effort to stamp out the vice,” said Kirabo
Kirabo also urged female students at the campus and in others Universities who are suffering in silence to speak up.
“Most of the girls are not willing to come out because they fear to be victimized in public,” she added
Besides the other efforts to curb the vice including the passing of the Revised Policy On Sexual Harassment Prevention, Kirabo also requested the University Council and management to implement the recommendations of the 2018 Report on investigation of sexual harassment at the University.
Some of the recommendations in the Report include installation of sexual harassment assault hotlines in the office of Deputy Vice Chancellor for finance and administration, enforcement of Resolution 7.2 of the University Gender Equality Policy and improving physical infrastructure policy especially by lighting the Campus and installing CCTV cameras in strategic places by May 31st 2019 among others.