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50 Students Admitted as Police Fire Teargas in Mbale SS

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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.
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At least 50 students of Mbale Secondary School are admitted in various health facilities in Mbale after choking in teargas fired by police.      

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 Mbale SS.  

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.  

   

//Cue in: “Tubade tugenda lunch…  

   

Cue out:…nebakuba amayinja”//    

       

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.  

He says Mbale SS students were defending themselves against an attack by the colleague from Mbale High school.     

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Cue out….Mbale SS,”//    

     

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.

 

//Cue in: “lunch time… 

Cue out… consultations,”//    

 

He also 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. 

The heads of the three schools were locked up in a meeting by the time of filing this story that was out of bounds to journalists.