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Each student was expected to line up in queue with his plate to get food. One of the students told URN on condition of anonymity that the Outgoing Guild Sports Minister, Jeremiah Ogwok jumped the line to the service Centre without a plate and demanded for food.
18 Nov 2020 16:30
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There is heavy deployment of anti-riot police at Kabale School of Comprehensive Nursing in Kabale district following a strike by students over food and sectarian utterances. Trouble started in the school main hall on Tuesday night during the handover ceremony of the outgoing students’ guild leadership to the new leadership.

All was well until the time for serving food reached. Each student was expected to line up in the queue with his plate to get food. One of the students told URN on condition of anonymity that the Outgoing Guild Sports Minister, Jeremiah Ogwok jumped the line to the service Centre without a plate and demanded for food.

This didn’t go down well with the Outgoing Nutrition Minister, Lipson Kamwesiga who rose up in protest accusing his colleague of jumping the queue yet he is a (Mukooko-animal) from Northern Uganda. He ordered the service providers to deny Ogwok food until all guild leaders from western Uganda are served.  He was reported supported by Deus Turihohabwe, one of the students who were serving food. 

This angered Ogwok prompting him to grab Turihohabwe leading to a fight. Other students from western Uganda joined the fight in defence of Turihohabwe and Kamwesiga while those for the northern joint in favour of Ogwok. During the fight, Ogwok was cut with a knife on the hand. It took the intervention of Anti-riot police, which used live bullets and teargas to break up the fight. 

However, the ethnic tension continued until Wednesday morning forcing the Kigezi Region Police Field Force Unit (FFU) Commander to order an assembly around midday to calm down the situation. As police gathered students to address them, the school principal, Josephine Kigozi Nandilo closed the main gate and ordered our reporter out of the institution.  

Elly Maate, the Kigezi Region Police spokesperson told URN that they had taken Ogwok, Kamwesiga and Turihohabwe to Kabale Central Police Station to record statements.  

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Maate condemns fights based on sectarian utterances yet, saying all students are Ugandans at a government institution purposely to attain knowledge. He says the ring leaders of the chaos will be handled accordingly.

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