8 Held Over Mbarara School Fire

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Taban Chiriga, the Officer in Charge of the Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department Mbarara Central Police Station says some of the suspects have confessed that a director of a new school in Mbarara has been paying them to burn down schools.

Mbarara Police are holding eight students in connection to fires at two different schools. Five of the students are from Welden High school in Mbarara Municipality, while the other three are from Kashaka High school.  
 
The students are believed to have been behind the fire that gutted dormitories at both schools. On August 17th, students at Kashaka High School in Bubaare Sub County rampaged and set the boy's dormitory ablaze protesting the decision by management to confiscate their mobile phones.
 
 
The school management decided to confiscate the phones and hand them over to parents. A similar incident had happened at  Welden High School in Katete ward in Nyamitanga division Mbarara Municipality prompting management to close the school.
 
 

Taban Chiriga, the Officer in Charge of the Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department Mbarara Central Police Station says some of the suspects have confessed that a director of a new school in Mbarara has been paying them to burn down schools.


 
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He says they are not treating the matter lightly, adding that the suspects will appear in court for arson.