Kasese Youth Polytechnic has temporarily been closed following a student’s
Students of the technical institute at Rukoki in Kasese town went on rampage on
Monday and destroyed window panes of some classrooms and broke some furniture
of the institution.
According to the Kasese Divisional Police Commander, Dickens Okello, the
students also slaughtered and cooked eight goats belonging to the institution’s
principal and arrested the security guards.
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Okello said the meeting convened by the district authorities and the district
security committee resolved that the institution be closed to avoid further
destruction of the items at the institute.
He added that the security agency is duty-bound to protect people
and property from further destruction from the rowdy students.
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The students who had written placards accused the principal of
maladministration and corruption at the polytechnic. They also accused him of
poor sanitation and lack of practical lessons especially to students
undertaking studies in motor vehicle mechanics.
But the principal, Serapio Owokunda, denied the accusations and instead
attributed the strike to clandestine mobilization from some members of staff
and the institute's board members who wish away from the school.
Emmy Kayiri the principal inspector of school in Kasese municipality said the
temporary closure of the institution will enable the authorities to investigate
the series of accusations against the management of the polytechnic.
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Kasese Youth Polytechnic will be reopened to students on Monday 7, October