At least 50 students of Mbale Secondary School are
admitted in various health facilities in Mbale after choking in teargas fired
A team of police officers led by Mbale District Police
Commander, Fred Ahimbisibwe fired the teargas to
stop clashes between Mbale SS students and their arch rivals of Nkoma SS.
Several students collapsed as a result of
choking effect of the teargas forcing teachers to use their private cars to
ferry them to hospital.
The students are spread in Mbale regional
hospital, Veina MedicalCcare, Cure Children's Center and, Joy Hospice Hospital
among others. Majority of the teargas
victims are female students.
One of the students accidently washed his face with acid
after the tear gas entered his eyes.
The fracas lasted for close to two hours
grinding all activities in the school to a halt.
Many students were seen cursing police for
unnecessary use of excessive force, saying there was no need for the teargas
since the clash had ended.
According to information obtained by URN, the fight between the
students of the two rival schools started on
Tuesday when a gang of students from Nkoma SS beat up their colleagues from
This afternoon, rival gangs from the two schools clashed
sulking in their colleagues from Mbale High School.
A senior two student at Mbale SS said that the groups attacked
students at the gate forcing Boda boda operators at the neighboring stage to
disperse them, which infuriated them.
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Siraji Masa, the Head Prefect Mbale SS, says the
fight started on Wednesday when some students from Nkoma SS attacked those of
Mbale SS and snatched their bags.
says Mbale SS students were defending themselves against an attack by the
colleague from Mbale High school.
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Kasim Magombe one of the teachers at Mbale SS, says they had
calmed the situation and only called police to deploy so that their students
could move back home freely after receiving intelligence that students were
planning an attack.
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said there was no chaos at the school that necessitated the use of teargas,
which affected their operations.
Efforts to get a comment from the Elgon Region Police
Spokesperson were futile and his known phone number was switched off.
of the three schools were locked up in a meeting by the time of filing this
story that was out of bounds to journalists.
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.