Makerere professor accused of rape released on bail


Makerere University don Christopher Makuneta

Court in Uganda has released Makerere university lecturer Prof. Christopher Bakuneta on a cash bail of Shs1m.

His sureties have been bonded at Shs5m not cash.

Justice Nyanzi also ordered him to deposit in court his passport on top of reporting to court once in a month starting on November 15.

While making his ruling the judge noted that the victim had written to the DPP requesting court to drop the charges against Bakuneta, arguing that her claim to police against him did not amount to rape.

The letter was tendered in court by his lawyers on which justice Nyanzi based his decision to release him on lenient terms.

“The complainant is the main prosecution witness and when you carefully read her letter. It seems like she is saying that the act was consensual. I do not see the reason to why I should give him stringent terms or deny him bail considering the congestion in prison facilities”, Nyanzi said.

In the letter that was presented to the resident state attorney at LDC court on April 5, 2016, Ntegesa stated that she had forgiven Bakuneta since they were long-time friends and that his wife and children had also pleaded to her.

Bakuneta, was a lecturer at Makerere university college of natural sciences before he was indicted of rape of a female student of the institution, a one Vanesha Ntegesa who was staying at his garage.

It is alleged that on March, 27, 2016, at Makerere university in Kawempe division, Kampala city, Bakuneta had forceful sexual intercourse with the student without her consent.

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