Seven Arrested For Raiding Bukedi College

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Mafabi Mwanjusi, a resident of Bukedi College Kachonga welcomed the arrest of the ring leaders of the mob. Mwanjusi explained that the disputed land belongs to the school and not Mudanyes family as claimed.

Seven people are in custody at Butaleja Central Police Station in connection to the fracas at Bukedi College Kachonga on Tuesday morning over land. The seven were part of a the mob that raided the school farm and vandalized a tractor that was tilling a disputed piece of the land.
 
 
The land measuring 12 acres is part of the land donated to the school by the late Tito Mudanye. His family members accuse the school management of taking more than they were given. According to the family the late Mudanye donated 40 acres to the school, but management has since taken over 50 acres, which they want to reclaim. 

Angry family members ganged up with residents on Tuesday morning and raided the school garden where a tractor was digging and impounded it before vandalizing it. It took the intervention of police to open fire and disperse the mob. 

Julius Caesar Tusingwire, the Bukedi Region Police Commander, says they picked up seven suspects but declined to reveal their identities. Martin Luther Ochan, the Deputy Head Teacher Bukedi College Kachonga, said despite the incident, school programs are running normally.
 
  
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Azalias Gawona, the General Secretary Bukedi College Kachonga LC I who is also a teacher at the school, says the land dispute started after John Were, the ring leader of the mob left work at the school where he was serving as a Driver. Were is one of those locked up at Butelaja Central Police for raiding the school garden.
 
  
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Mafabi Mwanjusi, a resident of Bukedi College Kachonga welcomed the arrest of the ring leaders of the mob. Mwanjusi explained that the disputed land belongs to the school and not Mudanye's family as claimed.

 
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Siraji Kirya, another resident also said the disputed land belongs to the school since the late Tito Mudanye donated it to the school in 1952. Kirya told URN that they had decided to pitch camp in the school garden to ensure the tractor driver continues work without any disturbance.
 
 
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Mudanye's family members declined to comment when contacted by our reporter.

 

About the author

Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

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.