By Vanansio Kakogoso
Eight students of Kigezi high school in Kabale Municipality have been arrested by police following a violent strike last Monday night.
The arrested students have been identified as Newton Ampereza( senior four), Jupiter Ampeire, Wilfred Tukesiga, Benjamin Twinamatsiko and Ronald Agaba all from senior six, Isaac Ahurira, Drake Asiimwe and Kevin Muwanguzi all from senior five.
The students went on rampage at around 11:00PM after revision time and burnt down, a dormitory that accommodates prefects known as White House. All the property including books, clothes and beddings were complete burnt to ashes. Students also attacked a house that accommodates James Katuerebe one of the teachers and destroyed house hold property worth million shillings.
The students led by senior five class went on rampage demanding the school administration to turn down an expulsion of four students who were allegedly found making love in dark corners. The two boys and two girls were all senior five, a habit that is against the school rules and regulations.
Students were also protesting against harassment and cruelty of the Deputy Head Teacher in Charge of Academics; Edson Bakiga. They also accuse the administration of failing to buy a school bus yet they have been contributing Shillings 50,000 each term since 2013.
The Kigezi region police Spokesperson Elly Maate says that they are still hunting other eight students who are at large after investigations shown that they were sixteen in number who led the strike. He says that school management will decide on the fate of the arrested students.
The Kigezi high school head teacher; Steven Mugume says that they suspended students who were caught red-handed in dark corners making love which is against the school rules and regulations.
He however adds that other students demanded the suspended students be returned to school thus making a strike. He however refuted allegations rose by students against Bakiga and the issue of the school bus as baseless.
Ronald Agaba; one of the arrested students who talked to www.mknewslink.com denied having been involved in the strike thus wondering why he was in custody.
Source:www.mknewslink.com ; a western Uganda news website