Uganda’s Varsity probes allegation of sexual assault

Uganda’s prestigious Makerere University has responded to students’ complaints of sexual harassment by forming an investigation committee.

In January, a report released by an independent committee mandated by Uganda’s President said that over 50% of female and about 40% of male students interviewed, called sexual harassment a major cause of discontent on Makarere’s campus.

The new team of five Professors, which is to investigate all complaints by students and those brought by the general public, should have a report of their findings ready in two months.

Sylvia Tamale, who has been picked to lead the committee, is an outspoken women’s rights advocate, academic and the first ever female Dean of the School of Law.

Makerere University said it has sacked five lecturers since 2006 for sexual harassment, and hopes the new committee

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