Kigezi High School Closed over Strike

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Trouble started on Thursday when students staged a protest opposing the decision of the school management not to register the school for the 2019 Copa Coca-Cola football competitions.

Kigezi High School has been closed following a students' strike.


The decision to close the school was reached after a meeting with officials led by Patrick Besigye Keihwa, the Kabale LC5 Chairman, the Kabale District Police Commander, Donald Muhwezi and Henry Kisembo, the Officer in Charge of the Field Force Unit at Kabale Police Station.


Trouble started on Thursday when students staged a protest opposing the decision by the school management not to register the school for the 2019 Copa Coca-Cola football competitions.


Though Kigezi High School had emerged the winner of the tournament in 2018, the school management led by Rev. Dr Medard Rugyendo, the Chairperson Board of Governors who is also the Principal Bishop Barham University College on Wednesday resolved not to participate in the event due to financial constraints.


The administration also resolved to suspend bursaries for all footballers and salary for the school Coach, Denis Tushabe.  


The decision angered the students who declined to go to classes and staged a violent protest.

On Friday, the police, army and district officials conducted an assembly of the students and teachers and ordered all of them to pack their belongings and go to their respective homes.


Stephen Mugume, the head teacher says that the students will remain at home until the management holds a meeting with the parents.

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Keihwa blames the school administration for promoting indiscipline among students by allowing footballers not to attend classes and smoking Marijuana. Keihwa wonders why the school administration can fail to pay teachers on the school payroll for eight months.


Keihwa, however, downplayed the concerns by students that those behind the limping of their school are alumni of Kigezi College Butobere.


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In December, head teacher and Alfred Kabuchu, the Chairperson Kigezi High School Old Students Association-KHOSA cried for bailout from government, saying the school is struggling to clear debts worth 800 million shillings.


The debts have accumulated over a period of more than five years.

 

About the author

Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.