By Ambrose Kweronda
Seven suspects who were arrested by Police in Ntungamo district over a fire that razed two dormitories at Kyamate Secondary school killing one student, Bunus Ankwatireire have appeared in in court today.
The suspects according to Police, face one count of murder, three counts of attempted murder, one count of arson and one hundred seventy-five counts of malicious damage to property in Ntungamo District.
The suspects include Kanyesigye Odongo Odomal, Arinatwe Anthony, Tumwesigye Arnold, Arinaitwe Elijah, Asiimwe Joshua, Tumushabe Wilber, and Twesigye Lawrence.
Samson Kasasira, the area police spokesman says the eighth suspect Kushaba Norman was exonerated during investigations.
On February 27, the boys’ Dormitory at Kyamate SS located in Ntungamo Municipality was burnt by a Senior Three student Tumushabe Wilber who was suspended on February 22, 2023, over bullying of Senior One students including Bonus Ankwatireire
Tumushabe reportedly warned the school administration that he would return for revenge on Ankwatireire who had caused his suspension.
Ankwatireire had reported Tumushabe to the school’s administration for frequent bullying.
However, the school disregarded the threat.
On the fateful night, Tumushabe returned to the school dormitory where he tied Ankwatireire to the bed and set the dormitory on fire using petrol.
The students who were in the dormitory scampered for safety as Ankwatireire burned to ashes.