11 Students Held, School Closed Over Violent Strike

As a result, police swung into action and fired teargas and live bullets to disperse the rowdy students.
Some of the students leaving the school compound after the strike

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Police have arrested 11 students and closed Mulusa Academy in Wobulenzi town council following a violent strike. Some of the students have been identified as Suleiman Zigwera, Paul Munyagwa, Sunday Munungula, Jimmy Kyagaba,Yasin Migadde, Ssali David, Arthur Kabuye, Edward Kawooya, all senior six candidates. The students rampaged on Tuesday evening to express dissatisfaction about the quality of meals provided by the school, corporal punishment and poor sanitation. They smashed window panes andsecurity lights.

As a result, police swung into action and fired teargas and live bullets to disperse the rowdy students. Godfrey Ninsiima, the Luweero district police commander says the detained students are believed to be the masterminds of the strike. He says the students are facing charges of malicious damage to property. Ninsiima however says that during the crisis meeting held at the school, the management admitted serving students poor quality meals and promised to address the situation.

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He says that students from S.1-5 will return on 10th July whereas senior six candidates will report back on 17th July 2013 with their parents. Ninsiima says that they maintain heavy deployment at the school to avert any further violence in the school. Godfrey Ssekabembe, the head teacher Mulusa Academy has refused to comment about the strike. However, in a circular seen by URN, Ssekabembe has asked each of the students to return with 50,000 to compensate for the damage caused to school property during the strike.

He also ask students to clear their fees balance and reminds parents to counsel their children before they return. However, some students interviewed by URN say they don’t regret staging the strike because the school administration was adamant to address their concerns. Robinson Wasswa, the head prefect says that they had repeatedly met the head teacher and other administrators over their concerns but no attempts were made to resolve the issues.

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Maureen Kange, another student says the closure of the school and fines are uncalled for because they will affect all students including day students who were not part of the night strike. The strike at Mulusa academy comes a few days after Jinja college school was closed over a violent students strike over similar grounds.