On September 29,2020, Chief Magistrate Miriam Ayo Okello sentenced Makerere University Senior Administrative Assistant Edward Kisuze to two years in prison or a fine of Shs 4m for indecently assaulting an alumna Racheal Njoroge Njeri.
Kisuze quickly settled for the fine. But for Njoroge, the victim, a guilty verdict and sentence do not necessarily bring closure to the assault incident and the subsequent trial that grinded on for two years and five months. Interviewed last week after Her Worship Ayo Okello announced the sentence, Njoroge told The Observer: “I don’t know how I am going to learn to live with my photos all over the internet. I will be glad if anyone can help me permanently erase these images because they keep tormenting me.”
She is concerned that the Makerere University administration did not protect her after she tendered her partially naked salacious images that helped support her case against Kisuze.
“I shared my photos with the IT personnel and academic registrar on Monday [ in 2018] but my photos leaked the following day. This was so unfair because if I didn’t have those photos, no one would believe me,” Njoroge said in last week’s interview. “Makerere didn’t protect my privacy. Three days ago, I had shared similar photos with the police but none was released until I met Makerere officials.”
She added that she managed to capture four selfies but one photo that exposed her face was released. Njoroge said since the fateful day, Kisuze wanted an out-of-court settlement but she declined the various offers.
“Kisuze’s lawyer has been approaching me saying the man has suffered a lot and he is a family person. They first sent my former secondary teacher with an offer of Shs 10m and I chased him away. Later, the lawyer [Brian Serunjogi] came with an offer of Shs 15m and later increased it to Shs 20m but I could not equate my name to any amount,” she said, insisting that she lost job opportunities because of the incident.
When she went for a job interview during the trial of her case, she insisted that all went well but she didn’t get the job. A staffer at the organisation told her to first sort “my issues because my name and photos are all over the internet.”
On April 13, 2018 in room 507 of the university Senate Building, Kisuze attempted to have sex with Njoroge who had gone to the administrator’s office to get her transcript certified. When
Source: the Observer