The Lamwo Resident District Commissioner James Nabinson Kidega says preliminary investigations singled out the teacher identified as Robert Oryem as the suspect who could have plotted students to stage the violent strike at the school.
The Police in Lamwo district is investigating a biology teacher at
Kuc Ki Gen Secondary School in Padibe West Sub County for allegedly inciting
students to strike.
Last week, senior three
students staged a strike protesting failure to teach them Biology and
Mathematics. The students
also accused the school authorities of not replacing the teachers who were
transferred to other schools.
The Lamwo District Police Commander Robert Kachumu confirmed they
are investigating the matter although he declined to divulge more information
in connection to the teacher’s involvement in the strike saying it could
Kachumu however confirmed that two students have so far been
arrested in connection to the matter while over 30 others presumed to be part
of the ringleaders alleged to have participated in the violent strike on
Thursday are still at large.
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The Lamwo Resident District Commissioner James Nabinson Kidega
says preliminary investigations singled out the teacher identified as Robert
Oryem as the suspect who could have connived with students to stage the violent
strike at the school.
Kidega also says the suspect is alleged to have absented himself
from the school for some weeks and started inciting students to go on strike on
claims that the school administration had dismissed him.
According to Kidega, the suspect, currently still at large, could
have been behind the strike since during the violent strike, the rowdy students
were heard chanting they need their biology teacher as they destroyed
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However, when contacted the implicated teacher, denied any wrongdoing
and dismissed the allegations lodged against him for misleading learners as
baseless saying that he had already left the school.
Johnson Akera the Chairperson board of governors says the school
authority didn’t dismiss the Oryem, but he absented himself without notifying
the school authorities.
According to Akera, the students destroyed property worth over
millions of shillings that included windows of the administration block,
classes, laboratory and staff quarters, unspecified furniture and 35 computers.
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Akera says the incident has since led to the temporary closure of
the school while all students have been suspended for two weeks as the
administration liaises with sympathizers, well-wishers and development partners
to try to revamp the institution ahead of its re-opening.