A lecturer at Catholic University of Zimbabwe (CUZ) Israel Moyo (53) has been suspended by the institution after allegations of sexually harassing female students, the Mail and Telegraph can reveal.
The lecturer who is also Highlanders Football club’s Secretary General was suspended from duty pending further investigations, following a public demonstration by the university students in November at the Bulawayo campus.
Moyo is accused of asking for sexual favours in return for good marks , some female students revealed to Mail and Telegraph .
Moyo confirmed the development but accused the complainant of playing ‘hide and seek’.
“Yes it’s true, I was suspended in November. The person who filed the allegations is now playing hide and seek, she is nowhere to be found, we were supposed to appear in court for trial on December 12 but now she says she is out of the country so she is holding everything now and it’s now frustrating now,” he said.
In November, Moyo appeared in court facing public indecency charges after exposing his private parts to a female student identified as Memory Zimba and told her she would not pass if she did not have a love affair with him.
Prosecuting, Nkathazo Dlodlo said:
“Sometime in May this year, Zimba went to submit her assignments in Moyo’s office. He locked the door and unzipped his trousers, exposed his genitals showing it to the student telling her that ‘it was very small’ so she should not worry because he was not going to hurt her,” he said.
The court also heard that he attempted to have forced sex with her on the table or standing and tried kissing her until she pushed him away, unlocked the door and went out. The matter was reported to the police leading to Moyo’s arrest.
The university’s Director of Marketing and Public relations Monica Mureriwa revealed that investigations on the fresh allegations are underway.
“CUZ has set up a staff disciplinary committee which is investigating and addressing the issues raised by our students at the Bulawayo campus. The university has engaged the students and their representatives, has also addressed a number of the issues raised.
The issues raised with regards to possible misconduct by staff will be concluded once the current investigations are completed. CUZ is committed to maintaining a conducive learning environment and is giving the issue the priority it deserves,” she said.