Bududa Closes Suume Junior School Over Mudslides

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Wilson Watira, the Bududa Chairperson LC5 who also doubles as the Spokesperson of the Disaster Committee, says they have temporarily closed Suume Junior School because pupils were at a risk.

Bududa district has temporarily closed Suume Primary Junior School in Bukalasi Sub County following the mudslides that hit the area.
 
The mudslides swept two classrooms, kitchen and church. There were no casualties as pupils were away by the time of the mudslides.
 
The privately owned Suume Primary Junior School, which started in 2009, has more than 360 pupils.
 
Wilson Watira, the Bududa Chairperson LC5 who also doubles as the Spokesperson of the Disaster Committee, says they have temporarily closed Suume   Junior School because pupils were at a risk.
 
 
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Peter Kusolo, the Bukalasi Sub county LC 3 has asked the district to re-evaluate the decision to close the school, saying it wasn't affected that much. He also says Suume Junior School is the best school in the area.
 

Peter Nangoti, the Executive Director Suume Primary School told URN that he is waiting for official communication from the Disaster committee. According to Nangoti, although he doesn't have a problem with the decision, they should have been consulted before the decision was reached.
 
He explained that the closure of the school is likely to affect primary seven candidates who are preparing for their final examinations next month.

 
John Kusolo, a resident of Suume village and a parent to a primary seven candidate, has appealed to the Disaster Committee to reopen the school, saying it will affect primary seven candidates. At least 42 people were killed and several others displaced following the mudslides that swept the area on Thursday last week.
 
 
The mudslides swept villages in Bukalasi, Bubiita, Buwali and Nalwanza sub counties. The mudslides occurred after River Suume burst its banks following heavy rainfall.
 

 

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Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.