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Congolese Student Rushed to Hospital as Ugandans Clash With Refugees

Police arresting some of the perpetrators at Ibanda Light College
Police arresting some of the perpetrators at Ibanda Light College

One Congolese student in Ibanda was last night rushed to Mbarara Hospital where he is being admitted in critical condition, having been injured in a deadly clash at the school.

James Kabenga from the Rwamwanza Refugee Camp was seriously wounded as his refugee student colleagues fought with their Ugandan counterparts at Light College Ibanda located on the Ibanda-Mbarara Road.

The fighting broke out after the Congolese students started protesting what they called maltreatment and segregation at the college.

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Kabenga reportedly had nails hammered in his chest and remains in critical condition at the regional referral hospital.

Elly Erunga Jojo, the head of the Congolese students association at the college told Chimpreports that they decided to stage a demonstration after they were denied food.

He also claims that they lacked stuff to use such as soup, yet all these are supplied to the school administration by the United Nations.

Jojo adds that initially there were up to 90 Congolese students at the college but currently only 30 remain as others fled back to the camp because of the conditions.

Light College Ibanda Director Levis Kunanuka expressed dismay over the ugly development and said they were working hard to restore calm and good relations between the two groups of students.

An unnamed number of students were arrested in the scuffle and detained at Ibanda Police Station.

The Ibanda District Police Commander Dennis Ochama, when contacted, told us he didn’t have information on the development as he was out of office at the time.

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