Zim lecturer accused of UNAM rape

01 November 2019 Author   NYASHA FRANCIS NYAUNGWA

Mixed commentary has emerged following reports that a University of Namibia (UNAM) student was allegedly raped by her lecturer at the institution’s Neudamm campus about 30kms east of Windhoek. 

State-owned daily New Era reported earlier this week that the male lecturer, who is known to this publication, invited the female student to his office sometime in September and made sexual advances towards her.
UNAM Pro-vice Chancellor for Administration, Finance and Resource Mobilization, Dr. Ellen Ndeshi Namhila, told the English daily that the lecturer was suspended after the student reported the alleged rape. 
“UNAM suspended the lecturer the day we became aware of the matter,” Namhila was quoted as having said. 
On Tuesday, the Windhoek Observer was told by sources that the student was involved in a romantic relationship with the accused lecturer, who is Zimbabwean.
Another source alleged in an interview with the Windhoek Observer that the student has a history of dating “blessers” in exchange for money as she struggles with paying her tuition fees and living expenses.  
Yet, another source further made claims against the alleged rape victim alleging that the student, who owes UNAM about N$50,000 in fees, purportedly blackmailed the lecturer into paying her N$100,000 so that she would withdraw the rape charge. 
The two settled for N$40,000, which the lecturer was rumoured to have paid, but the student never dropped the charges.
Another source said the alleged victim, when interviewed by the police, was found in possession of N$31,000.  Those making accusations against the character of the rape claimant believe that this was part of the ‘hush money’ she received from the lecturer. 
Police spokesperson Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi did not comment about the money that the police were said to have discovered in the possession of the student but only confirmed that the alleged rapist was a Zimbabwean national. 
Shikwambi denied claims that the student was also from the neighbouring country although the Windhoek Observer has been informed by sources that she is from Zimbabwe.
“The suspect [the suspended UNAM lecturer] is not yet arrested as police investigations are ongoing. However, the case docket has been sent to the office of the Prosecutor General for further instructions /decision,” stated Shikwambi.
Another lecturer who spoke to the Windhoek Observer on Wednesday alleged that the victim went inside the lecturer’s office where she supposedly “sat on his lap before storming out of the office screaming that she had been raped”. 
The lecturer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, seemed to believe that his accused colleague had been framed. 
He said there has been a discussion amongst UNAM staff members that the university should install CCTV cameras in offices to protect lecturers against students.  
The lecturer said there are students who will do anything to pass an exam or make sure that they have scored enough marks during continuous assessments which are a prerequisite for writing year-end examinations. 
“The university should consider installing cameras in our offices because cases of sexual impropriety against lecturers will continue to increase as students become more and more desperate,” the concerned lecturer said. 
Sources also told the Windhoek Observer that the same lecturer is under investigation for showing an examination paper to another female student who then reported him to his superiors.   There is no information available about the status of this case. –This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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