Threatened Makerere Lecturer Returns From South Africa

The Makerere University lecturer who received death threats over retakes has cut short his sabbatical in South Africa, saying he is back to ensure his family’s safety.

Michael Walimbwa, who had travelled to the University of Cape Town on October 19 to pursue his PhD, has also reported the matter to police. The officer in charge of criminal investigations at Makerere University police post, Robert Cherimo, on Thursday confirmed that Walimbwa had reported the threats and asked for an investigation.

He said the threat was the first of its kind, adding: “I take these threats seriously”.

Although the threatening letter, whose copy The Observer has seen, was allegedly authored by an anonymous group suspected to be his students, Walimbwa suspects some of his faculty staff colleagues could be involved. Walimbwa said the officials could be trying to save friends and relatives who failed.

However, one of the officials named by Walimbwa denied involvement in the alleged scheme when contacted by The Observer. The Makerere University policy on remarking students says that students not satisfied with their grades are supposed to appeal to the school examinations committee for their scripts to be assessed afresh within a month after the release of the examination results.

However, the lecturer says he intends to stick to his guns on the matter.

“I will not cancel any retakes because the policy is clear that when one fails a paper, they have to retake it,” he said. “Let them kill me if they want but there is nothing like changing the retakes.”

Source : The Observer

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