Crime & Investigation

MBARARA: 8 students Arrested for Burning School Buildings

At least eight students are in custody at Mbarara police station on allegations of burning school premises, price Chimp Corps report.

The suspects include Hilary Mucunguzi, look 18, Derrick Kamoga, 17 and Gerard Nuwahereza, 17, all from Kashaka High School.

The quartet is accused of burning school dormitories and administration block on August 16 during a violent strike.

The students were reacting to the administrators’ ban on use of mobile handsets.

Other students identified as Rashid Twahama, Stephen Birungi, Arthur Nuwahereza, Deo Baguma and Sunday Umaru of Welden School in Mbarara are being held in connection with the burning of the school dormitory following a tribal conflict on August 15.

The OC CID Mbarara Taban Chiriga confirmed the arrest of the boys from the two schools saying they will face charges of arson.

Welden school buildings were torched by students during a violent strike

Welden school buildings were torched by students during the violent strike

However, Taban attributed the strikes to poor administrators who do not promptly respond to students’ grievances.

Taban said over 40 suspected ring leaders of the violent strike at Welden were still at large.

“Many students are still in hiding while others will change schools but as police we must arrest them to face the law,” charged the police officer.

Other schools which were involved in strikes this month in western Uganda include Cleverland High School, Nyamitanga SS, Kashaka High School and Nyakayojo Secondary School (Mbarara); and Equatorial Secondary School, Alliance SS (Ibanda); Kabale Trinity College and St. Mary’s Rushoroza (Kabale).

At St Paul Secondary School, a matron was killed and her body dumped in the bush during a strike last Thursday.


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