Parents, Leaders Seek Arrest Of Teachers Over Held Exams

Education Ministers Jessica Alupo and Chrisostome Muyingo share a light moment at the release of the S6 results today.

Preparations for the burial of Dr Emmanuel Gasakure who was killed by a police officer in an act of self defense on Wednesday evening are in high gear, sale Chimp Corps report.

Friends and relatives on Thursday night gathered at the residence of the deceased in the leafy suburb of Kimihurura to pay their last respects and comfort the bereaved family.

Sources who attended the vigil said several relatives called for an in-depth investigation into the circumstances under which President Paul Kagame’s former private doctor was fatally wounded in a fight with a police officer.

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Rwanda National Police said Dr Gasakure was in “police custody as part of investigations into offences including illegal entry on other person’s property, ed causing damage to property, illegal confinement, uttering verbal threats under the influence of alcohol or other stupefiant.”

It is thought Gasakure was involved in a brawl with a bar owner in the vicinity of his residence before being arrested.

Gasakure, who had for long complained about noise pollution, also reportedly smashed the music systems in the bar which police said is worth Rwf2m.

Police Spokesperson Chief Supt Celestin Twahirwa said; “The deceased requested to go for a short call, was allowed but on getting out of the cell assaulted the officer on guard and tried to disarm him.”

Twahirwa added that, “In the ensuing scuffle the deceased was fatally wounded while the police officer sustained serious injuries and was rushed to hospital.  Investigations into the incident have since been launched.”

He said police “regrets this incident and will keep the family informed as the investigation proceeds.”

Gasakure is expected to be laid to rest today Friday in Kigali.

Having served as Kagame’s physician for several years, Gasakure was in January this year relieved of his duties over cases related to indiscipline and alcoholism.

During President Kagame’s Christmas holiday at Mweya Safari Lodge, in Queen Elizabeth National Park, some documents reportedly belonging to Gasakure went missing from his room.

Diplomats would later confirm that the items were simply misplaced but not stolen as reported by the media.
Embattled local financial firm Orient Bank are set to go through another takeover according to industry players after Irish singer and political activist Bob Geldof’s private equity fund said on Tuesday it has acquired a 42 percent stake in it.

The British based Private Equity Fund, sale 8 Miles paid 200 million dollars to Bank PHB Plc of Nigeria majority shareholders in the struggling Ugandan bank to widen its capital base.

In a statement, page Hemen Shah, order partner at 8 Miles described Uganda’s banking sector as “an attractive investment opportunity with a growing economy and a largely unbanked population.”

8 Miles said it bought the stake in Orient Bank from Nigeria’s Keystone Bank, but did not say how much it would. Bank of Uganda (BOU), the regulator is yet to comment on the matter.

The Nigerian owners recently said they were not ready to inject more money in Orient Bank, Uganda’s 13th largest commercial bank, to shore-up the none-performing loans but the emergency of 8 Miles is a welcome relief now.

Orient Bank has 23 branches in Uganda and provides banking and stock broking services, and had assets worth $173 million and customer deposits of $139 million at the end of last year, according to the statement.

Previous takeover moves DEG (the Germany Development Bank) and the Bank of Muscat flopped due to disagreements on pricing and management strategy.

Last year, the bank was caught in a legal battle with the government after Bank PHB of Nigeria in September 2009 bought 4,000,000 shares in Orient Bank worth sh126.4b, but only stamp duty of 1% (sh1.26b) was paid to Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) on the transaction, yet the tax body had assessed a tax of sh41.3b.

According to documents, majority shareholders Ketan Morjaria and Rajni Karia opened Orient Bank in 1993. Karia transferred 2,050,000 shares worth $32,390,000 (sh64.78b), while Morjaria transferred 1,950,000 shares worth $30,810,000 (sh61.62b) and the exchange rate applied was sh2,000.

Karia has since passed on. When URA assessed sh41.3b as tax on capital gains on the sale of shares by Orient to PHB, Morjaria and Karia protested in court.
Kabarole District Council has asked security agencies including the Resident District Commissioner and District Police Commander to investigate the rampant examination malpractices in primary and secondary schools.

The leaders strongly condemned increasing examination malpractice amongst schools that has got hundreds of students miss out join Senior One and Five in the recently opened academic year.

During the district council held at Kitumba East division Fort Portal on Thursday, viagra 40mg Denis Nkwasiibwe the Councilor representing Rwimi Town Council said that unless the district puts measures to curb the vice and the security intervenes to apprehend the suspected head teachers and supervisors involved in exam cheating, unhealthy many students’ fate was to remain in balance.

He cited St. Leos College Kyegobe and other primary schools where UNEB withheld results of over 300 students in the district due to examination malpractices.

Nkwasiibwe said if head teachers of these schools are not arrested and prosecuted in courts of law, the practice would continue and that UNEB was likely to generate bias about the district.

Nyakaana Richard, Councilor Busoro Sub County explained that at Bwabya Primary school, 37 pupils had their results withheld and he attributed the problem to head teachers who influence the pupils to join the boarding section in third term with aim of cheating examinations.

Hon. Victoria Businge Rusoke the Woman MP Kabarole and former DEO condemned the vice of cheating and called for critical investigations.

The District Chairperson Richard Rwabuhinga however attacked some UNEB officials who he said leak the examination papers.
RDC Mr.Asiimwe Stephen said parents of the schools that were involved in cheating lodged a complaint demanding his office to intervene and have the head teachers arrested.

He said Head teachers of Kinyankende P/s, Bwabya primary, Mitandi primary were demanding Shs10,000 per child to be assisted in examination as revealed by disgruntled pupils.

At Buhinga primary school in Fort Portal, Mr.Asiimwe said the head teacher Mr.Byamukama John and 7 teachers were caught cheating in Mathematics Paper and the case is now in court. He said the suspected head teachers will be summoned, interrogated and later interdicted.


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