UNAM lecturer’s troubled past surfaces

11 May 2018 Author   Kaula Nhongo

A British lecturer working at the University of Namibia (UNAM) has come under scrutiny after allegations of sexual perversion surfaced this week.A British lecturer working at the University of Namibia (UNAM) has come under scrutiny after allegations of sexual perversion surfaced this week.

Sources who spoke to the Windhoek Observer on condition of anonymity claimed that Dr Rhodri Evans, who was recruited by UNAM last year May as a physics lecturer, had been previously dismissed from two institutions of higher learning in the United Kingdom.
Investigations carried out by the Windhoek Observer revealed that the British lecturer was fired from the University of South Wales, formerly known as University of Glamorgan, for gross misconduct.
Dr Evans worked at the institution from 2003 to 2007 before he was dismissed.
He also had trouble at St David’s Catholic College where he resigned only five months into the job after he was suspended on several allegations of a sexual nature.
In an interview with the Windhoek Observer, Dr Evans confirmed that he was dismissed from the University of South Wales and suspended from St David’s Catholic College, a sixth form college located in Cardiff, Wales.
He claimed that he was fired from the University of South Wales because he had exposed the head of the institution, who was not qualified for his job.
“I discovered that my boss was telling lies about his qualifications. The institution tried to shut me up by threatening my job, but I exposed it anyway. Then I was fired for gross misconduct,” Dr Evans said.
When quizzed about the suspension at St David’s Catholic College, Dr Evans said the decision was made based on allegations by a student.
“I was suspended because of two reasons. One was because I was accused of being inappropriate with a student while the other was because I had accidentally screened pornographic material in class,” he said, adding that the matter was investigated by the police and child services, but he was cleared of all charges.
The lecturer’s checkered past came under the spotlight this week after a source alleged that he was preying on unsuspecting young Namibian women and having relationships with them based on false promises.
A source, who spoke to the Windhoek Observer on condition of anonymity because of her close relationship with Dr Evans complained that she and several Namibian young women had become victims of the doctor’s “charm.”
According to the source, the lecturer apparently entices young women with money and empty promises in exchange for sex or a relationship.
“This man is a menace to young women. He only arrived in Namibia in May 2017, but has already fathered a child with a woman 30 years younger than him. He will continue this behavior and UNAM is just covering it up. He may be good at his job, but his moral conduct is totally unacceptable,” the source claimed this week.
The source further alleged that Dr Evans uses social media to meet young unsuspecting women then promises them the world, only to shatter their dreams when he suddenly drops them.
 “He is just taking advantage of young vulnerable women. He thinks because he is white he is untouchable.”
The source added that Dr Evans even boasts about the advantages of ‘white privilege’ in Namibia.
However, Dr Evans maintained his innocence, saying he had done nothing illegal or immoral.
“I am divorced so when I came to Namibia I decided to start dating in the hope of finding a companion. Some relationships did not work out and some did,” he said.
Dr Evans accused his ex-wife of running a smear campaign against him, while asking this reporter to reveal her sources.
“You said a number of women have come forward and made allegations against me.  Do I not get the right to know who these women are?  If one is a young Namibian girl (name withheld) then I would treat what she would say with extreme caution and if it is my ex-wife who contacted you then this is an ex-wife who cannot move on and wants to fulfill her desire to ‘ruin my life’,” the UNAM lecturer declared.
The Windhoek Observer source questioned whether proper investigations or background checks were conducted by UNAM before hiring Dr Evans.
UNAM Public Relations Officer, Simon Namesho said background checks on Dr Evans did not raise anything suspicious.
“The university only grants employment standing to international staff that has met work permit requirements by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration. Among other requirements, a police clearance certificate from the country of origin and last country of residence for the past six months is mandatory.
“According to our records, Dr Evans is in position of a valid police clearance certificate. Since his employment with the University, no account of unbecoming behaviour has been reported against him,” Namesho stated.
UNAM has in the past been rocked by reports and allegations that its lecturers have been awarding students extra or higher marks in return for sexual favours.

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