Police in Uganda have arrested a lecturer at the country’s famous Makerere University for alleged physical assault.
Bernard Wandera of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences is being investigated for allegedly slapping a female student in a lecture hall last Friday.
He has not yet appeared in court and has not commented on the allegations.
It is reported that the student was among a group that kept interrupting the lecturer by talking while he was teaching.
A video of the incident has been widely shared online and Makerere has suspended the lecturer.
In a clip shared by police, a man is seen at one end of a lecture room raising his hand at someone, there are two slapping sounds and then he yells at her to “leave”.
“We firmly condemn the instructor’s conduct because it goes against several university policies. The conduct of the faculty is unacceptable and portrays an abuse of authority entrusted to him to nurture and guide students as they pursue knowledge at our great university,” the university said in a tweet on Saturday.
In the past, Makerere, the oldest and largest university in Uganda, has been in the spotlight over sexual harassment and “sex for marks” allegations.
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