MasterCard stops Makerere University scholarships over sexual harassment

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The sex for marks scandal said to have forced the MasterCard Foundation to freeze funding for 2018/2019 MasterCard Foundation scholarship after the university failed to act satisfactorily on the allegations.



The country’s university has lately been entangled in cases of sexual harassment of female students. University lecturer Dr Swizen Kyomuhendo was recently filmed in sexual act with a female student in a city lodge.
“Makerere University informs the general public that the recruitment of students for the 2018/2019 academic year has been suspended until further notice. Makerere University asks the general public to disregard the March 15, 2018, advertisement announcement in Daily Monitor. Makerere University regrets any inconveniences this advertisement may have caused,” Prof William Bazeyo, the university deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of finance and administration, noted a public notice released on Wednesday



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Sources say, the university say the foundation last week tasked the university to provide status of investigations into a case of sexual harassment at the university.
Following a string of allegations of sexual harassment at the institution, MasterCard Foundation reportedly wrote to the university management demanding status update on the investigation and progress made.

read: Makerere University suspends senior staff – Edward Kisuze for sexually harassing female student




A source within the university said the programme funders were particularly disturbed that some of their beneficiaries were also victims of the sexual harassment. The Foundation had earlier announced a total of 252 scholarships for undergraduate programmes, with 214 slots for female applicants and 38 for males.



The source said the some of the current beneficiaries had petitioned the foundation to intervene following demand for sex from some lecturers who had detained their scripts.
Faced with the accusations, the university strongly responded to the directive, but was not convincing enough and consequently the programme was suspended.

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