Venansi Munanukye Kiiza the Mbarara District Council speaker says the construction of the seed school was affected by the long procurement process that was put on halt following the president’s directive that the UPDF engineering brigade should take on the construction of government construction projects.
The students who seem to work in groups of three to four charge the motorists between Shillings 2000 and 3000, which they immediately share once the motorist complies. Allan Walukaga, who had refused to pay the teenager, was encouraged by his colleague to simply provide some money.
The school deputy headteacher, Betty Tumuhamye says that they have closed some of the dilapidated classrooms because they can longer accommodate pupils. She says that the remaining classrooms also need urgent rehabilitation and additional furniture for both the learners and the eight staff members.
Some of the affected businesses included those involved in photography, selling of flowers and tags, drinks and snacks, gifts, and masks among others. While some of the vendors tried reaching out to customers by running around the campus, security personnel drove them away and confiscated their merchandise.
Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga says that preliminary police findings indicate that the fire was deliberately started. "The Investigations indicate that it was arson because the fires erupted from different spots within the dormitory and not from one spot. This means somebody carefully set the fire at different spots," Enanga has said.