Police Deployed As Teachers, Students Revolt Against Kibibi Head Teacher

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The students also accuse the headmaster of allegedly embezzling money they paid for special meals during this Ramathan. Muslim students paid 30, 000 shillings each for a special diet during holy month of Ramathan. However, the students claim that they are fed on only posho beans and rice.

Police have deployed at Kibibi secondary school in Butambala district to quell a likely strike by students and teachers demanding for removal of their head teacher.
 
This week, students and teachers announced they would strike demanding for the removal of Mustafa Nanfumba, the Headmaster of Kibibi SS. The teachers accuse him of poor management and failure to pay them. Some teachers had also refused to set examinations for end of second term until they were reportedly paid at least half their salaries.
 
The students also accuse the headmaster of allegedly embezzling money they paid for special meals during this Ramathan. Muslim students paid 30, 000 shillings each for a special diet during holy month of Ramathan. However, the students claim that they are fed on only posho beans and rice yet were supposed to breakfast with some mixed food known in Luganda as Katogo, porridge and yellow bananas.
 
Some students and teachers also suspect that Nanfumba is diverting the funds to his private school called Mpigi Mixed Secondary school.
 
The Christian students are also accusing the headmaster of scrapping the breakfast meal and occasional matooke meal without any explanation.
 
Musa Kayongo, the Butambala District Police Commander says police has visited then school to ensure calm. He says despite some fights among the students the situation is under control.
 
Kayongo says police is monitoring the situation. He however denied earlier reports that the students had vandalized the school property saying the school is still safe.
 
However, Mustapher Nanfumba, the embattled Kibibi head teacher has denied the allegations. He admits that students paid 30, 000 shillings for special meals during Holy Month of Ramathan but insists they receive the special meals.
 
Nanfumba, who was transferred from Bukandula secondary school, also denies embezzling funds. He has instead accused some teachers of inciting students to revolt against him. He does not however disclose the teachers who are allegedly inciting fellow teachers and students.
 
Nanfumba has however said he has notified police to ensure his protection and the school property.

Kibibi Secondary School is one of the best Government schools in Butambala district.

 

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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.