A lecturer has been sentenced to three years in prison for demanding sex from his student for him to give her good grades.
The 69-year-old college lecturer at the National Institute of Transport (NIT) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania identified as Samson Mahimbo has been sentenced to three years in prison with an alternative of Tsh5 million (Ksh220,000) as fine after he pleaded guilty to demanding sex from his student in order to award her good marks in a supplementary exam.
The ruling was delivered by the resident magistrate Huruma Shaidi on Tuesday, November 26, at the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam, where he said sex-for-grades arrangement leads to the churning out of unqualified professional, k24tv reported.
Samson Mahimbo was on January 11, 2017, caught naked in a lodging facility preparing to engage in sexual intercourse with his student, a second-year first-semester learner at the National Institute of Transport (NIT) in Dar es Salaam after failed her main exam in transport administrations and was scheduled to re-sit the paper on January 5, 2017, the court heard.
NIT lawyer, Faraja Salamba, told the Kisutu Court on October 9, that Mahimbo abused his powers by soliciting sex from one Victoria in exchange for good marks that he would award the student. On January 11, 2017, the suspect called Victoria on phone and asked to meet her at an entertainment joint known as Shani Bar in Mwenge, North-West of Dar es Salaam.
“When they met, the learner was given the supplementary exam, which she sat for. Mahimbo had carried with him to the date a marking scheme. After ‘sitting the exam’, Mahimbo marked Victoria’s paper and gave her a score of 67 percent. The two, thereafter, left Shani Bar for a lodging facility known as Camp David within the same area,” the college’s lawyer, Salamba, told the court.
Salamba further claimed that the two, while at Camp David, binged on alcohol before booking a room, where Mahimbo was nabbed naked preparing to engage in sexual intercourse with the learner.
“The suspect had begun hugging and caressing the student before attempting to undress her, when they heard a knock on the door.
Victoria opened the door and police officers, who had been informed of the lecturer’s plan, arrested him. His clothes lay on the table at the time,” said Salamba.
He was first arraigned on August 14, 2018 and till the early 2019, Mahimbo had denied that he attempted to solicit sexual favours in exchange for good marks, contrary to the anti-graft laws in Tanzania.
He later admitted he demanded sex from his student in exchange for good grades on November 11.