Nakaseke Parents Want Headteacher Arrested Over Theft of School Computers

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Julius Ssenyonga, the school guard accuses the head teacher of violating security guidelines, which could have been a ploy to steal the computers.

Parents of Kasangombe Seed Secondary School in Luweero district want Joseph Mwanje, the school head teacher investigated in connection with the theft of 10 computers from the school laboratory. The computers that were donated by the education ministry to boost ICT studies went missing about a week ago.
 
However, parents and local officials suspect that the computers could have been stolen through connivance between Mwanje and some teachers. Ronald Ssebwira, a parent at the school says the computers were stolen in two phases, but in both cases the head teacher didn’t file a case of theft.
 
He says what is more surprising is that there was no sign of forced entry into the computer laboratory. Ssebwira says that Mwanje only opened a case of theft at Nakaseke police station after being pressurized by parents raising suspicion that he could have wanted to kill the matter.
  
Muhamadi Kityo, another parent wants the district education department to order the arrest of the head teacher and interdict him to pave way for investigations into the theft of the computers.

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 Julius Ssenyonga, the school guard accuses the head teacher of violating security guidelines, which could have been a ploy to steal the computers.
He alleges that Mwanje has been making abrupt visits to his office in the wee hours of the night, which raises suspicision.
 
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Joseph Mwanje, the embattled head teacher denies all the allegations against him and asks the parents to table evidence linking to the theft.
 
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Steven Batanudde, the Nakaseke District Education Officer faults the head teacher for the alleged failure to observe the government standing orders that compel officers to report the theft of government properties with immediate effect to their supervisors and police among others.
 
Batanudde has promised to take action once police releases its report into the matter. Edward Kyaligonza, the Nakaseke District Police Commander says investigations are ongoing and declined to reveal details saying it may jeopardize their work.

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.