Five Students Arrested over Violent Strike in Kabale

1299 Views Kabale, Western Region, Uganda

In short
The strike started last evening with students protesting the failure by the school to prepare their known weekend meal comprising of rice and beans. Instead, the school prepared posho and beans.

Five students of St. Mary's College Rushoroza in Southern Division- Kabale Municipality have been arrested for participating in a violent strike at the school.

The strike started last evening with students protesting the failure by the school to prepare their usual weekend meal comprising of rice and beans. Instead, the school prepared posho and beans.

This evoked anger among the students who turned violent and destroyed school property. The situation was saved by the intervention of the police and Uganda Peoples Defense Forces- UPDF.

Kigezi Regional Police Spokesperson Elly Maate says that police has arrested five male students for participating in the strike. They are being held at Kabale Central Police Station.
 
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Maate adds that police will maintain its presence at the school to avert a resumption of the strike.

Uganda Radio Network visited the school and found the students loitering in the compound  in casual wear. And some playing football. 
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Headteacher Remegio Byamukama, says the school will continue to conduct normal business as investigations continue. He dismissed claims by the students  that the school failed to prepare rice for the students; saying the prepared portion was just not enough to feed the entire student population.
 
 
 
 

 

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