Earlier this week, Makerere University dismissed its lecturer, a one Dr. Kyomuhendo Swizen over allegations of sexually exploiting his female students for the reward of free marks. This followed a story that ran on NBS Television on the night of February 26, 2018 where he was purportedly courting his female student in exchange for marks.
In the Video that was aired by the broadcaster, he is seen luring one of his students into a lodge to have ‘fun’. However, fresh on our news desk, Kyomuhendo has handed over his ‘Statement of Personal Explanation’ to the committee that dismissed him, denying all the allegations.
“I categorically deny any allegations tantamount to sexual harassment. There were no marks to be issued for sex as alleged by NBS Television. She was never awarded 49% or 4% at any time. Besides, I do not see myself engaged in any audible conversation with the character for most of this footage. The motives are only known to those who spent their energy and resources to manufacture this deceptive movie.” Dr. Kyomuhendo states.
He however accepted having taught the girl in question and portrays her to have been academically weak, retaking his course unit.
Dr. Kyomuhendo revealed that she had sat the last of his courses in February 2017, which she passed with 50%.
During December 2017, the student made several attempts to see him on where he always insisted that the meetings should take place at his University office. he referenced the alleged telephone conversation that the investigators of the media recorded for more proof, where a male voice is heard saying ‘… Please for information about the results, come to Makerere…’.
Dr. Kyomuhendo added on that in the recording, the student is heard insisting to meet him outside the University as he maintained his stand.
“We then met as per the first segment of the video clip at office. She complained of missing marks I had long submitted. I explained to her that cases of missing marks on the online platform were a general problem affecting hundreds of other students due to system challenges along the chain of submission, approval and entry. I advised her to wait but also keep checking online, She still Insisted.
It is on the basis of this that I directed the student to my private business place where I usually sit in silence, sometimes spend several
days doing my work. She turned up alone. Her statements were scattered; she appeared tensed up and repeated her request to be helped with her marks. At this point, I felt unduly disturbed and took time to offer counseling.
The audiovisual clip by NBS Television clearly reveals how I explained to the student that I would never take advantage of anyone and advised her to never be taken advantage of. She apologised and left.” He said
Meanwhile, the lecturer believes he should have been more careful to avert such unfortunate events. He concluded that he is deeply hurt by the NBS story since his family, entire community and the University have suffered a heavy damage.
Dr. Kyomuhendo has been a senior lecturer of Social Works and Social Administration (SWASA) for years.