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Mbarara University Vice Chancellor grilled over sexual harassment

Mbarara. The Deputy Vice Chancellor of Mbarara University of Science and Technology was grilled by the Parliamentary committee on inquiry into Sexual Violence in Institutions of Learning led by Hon. Kise Stephen, the committee tasked Ass. Prof. Nelson Kamukama the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Mbarara University of Science and Technology and his staff to explain how they have become reluctant to enact sexual harassment policy in the University.

It was on Tuesday this week at the University faculty of Business studies at new campus in Kihumuro where the parliamentary committee met the University Legal Counsel committee to inquire into allegations of Sexual violence within the university.

MUST administrators at Kihumuro board room together with parliamentary committee members

This follows the 2017 incident when one of the students at Mbarara University was sexually harassed by a Lecturer but the University Leg al Counsel Committee is alleged to have shielded their staff.  The University Legal Committee which is headed by the Deputy Vice Chancellor

Among the members of the parliamentary committee Hon. Mweine Mpaka who is the Western Youth Member of Parliament tasked the University legal committee to identify the suspect who sexually assaulted a student in 2017. Hon. Mpaka also tasked the Vice Chancellor representative and the Dean of Students to explain why they failed to report cases of sexual harassment to police. He also blamed the committee that they have failed to fight the vice of sex for marks. “Under the law you are supposed to report these cases to the authorities which is the police” Mpaka said.

In response, Mr. Kamukama denied the allegations of sex for marks that that vice does not exist in the University because examinations pass through strict processes where there is no room for anyone to manipulate.

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