University Students Ask DPP to Drop Assault Charges Against Violent Lecturer

Two students from Makerere University who were slapped by their lecturer have written to the Director of Public Prosecution-DPP asking that the case of assault with which their lecturer Bernard Wandera is charged be dropped. The two students are Patricia Aikoro and Prisca Mirembe.

Derrick Bazeketta, the lawyer of the accused lecturer presented a letter before Buganda Road Court Grade One Magistrate Fedelis Otwao saying that the students had reconciled with their lecturer and that it’s now upon court and the DPP to set Wandera free.

On 17th November 2022, social media had a video showing the lecturer slapping a female student during a class. 

In the short video, Wandera, who is a lecturer at the Department of Social Works and Social Administration is shown walking to the the back of the lecture room towards a seat before slapping a female student and ordering her to leave his class. 

The incident to said to have happened during a lecture session at the Frank Kalimuzo Central Teaching Facility.    Details about the event are still scanty but Wandera reportedly  acted in a similar manner before, slapping a student he accused of misconduct in class.

This prompted the University Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe to interdict Wandera and direct for investigations into the matter. Meanwhile, police also picked interest in the matter, opened a case of assault and started the prosecution process. Prosecution told court that Wandera had assulted both Alkoro and Mirembe.

When he was arrested and presented before court, Wandera denied the charges and was released on a cash bail of 1.5million shillings.

Today when Wandera returned to court for trial, his Lawyer  Bazeketta informed court that the two victims have since  forgiven their lecturer and its now upon  the DPP and court to discharge his client.

But presiding Magistrate Otwao told Wandera and his lawyer that they need to convincingly  address him on the law and  sections pertaining to withdrawal of charges  before he exercises his discretion in the matter. He therefore adjourned the case to 30th January 2023.

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