A Makerere University senior administrator has been suspended and arrested by police over allegations that he raped a Kenyan student.
Kisuze Edward, a senior administrator in the office of the academic registrar was suspended from the university by Acting Vice Chancellor Prof William Bazeyo to allow investigations into the matter.
He allegedly sexually abused the former student on Friday when she visited the office to pick her academic papers.
The rape allegations surfaced after the student Rachel Njeri took a selfie of herself being sexually abused by the lecturer.
The former student later reported the case to Makerere Police on Saturday and formally lodged a complaint with the university management yesterday.
Njeri claimed the man grabbed her breasts, licked them and told her he loved her.
In a suspension letter dated April 17, 2018, Kisuze was first tasked to give an official response to the complaint but his response was unsatisfactory.
“The academic registrar has forwarded the complaint and the response to this office. Management has found your response to the allegation unsatisfactory and decided set up an investigation to establish what happened,” Prof Bazeyo said in the suspension letter.
“I tried to resist his actions but he was stronger than I was. He grabbed me and threw me on the cabinet files at the corner.”
“Accordingly, I hereby suspend you from university service on half pay with immediate effect to allow a smooth investigation of the matter,” Prof Bazeyo further said.
Prof Bazeyo told Kisuze that “you are strongly advised to desist from any access to senate building premises and or interaction with students of Makerere University until investigations are completed.” Kisuze is currently detained at Wandegeya Police stations according to sources.
This case comes a month after suspension of an academic staff, Professor Swizen Kyomuhendo, a lecturer at the Social Works and Social Sciences faculty (SWASA) over sexual harassment allegations.