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Police Fire Live Bullets to Quell Night Strike at Luweero School

Heavily Anti-riot Police led by Mario Ociti, the officer in charge of Wobulenzi post swung into action and fired teargas and live bullets to disperse the rowdy students.
Gunfire rocked Wobulenzi town council in Luweero district on Monday night after police opened fire to disperse rowdy students of Mulusa Academy. The students rampaged at about 7:10 pm and vandalized school property to express their dissatisfaction over the quality of food provided by the school. Heavily Anti-riot Police led by Mario Ociti, the officer in charge of Wobulenzi post swung into action and fired teargas and live bullets to disperse the rowdy students. Godfrey Ninsiima, the Luweero district police commander says that they intercepted the students as they were about to set the school bus ablaze.

He says they ordered the students to stop the strike but they reacted by pelting cops with stones forcing them to open fire. Ninsiima says the ringleaders of the strike sneaked out of the school but police managed to force the other students back into their dormitories and locked them up to avert further chaos. He says anti riot police has maintained presence in the school, adding that the school bus, which seems to be the target of striking students has been towed away to to Wobulenzi Police station for safe custody. Ninsiima says police will convene a crisis meeting with school management later today to address the grievances by students. 

Some of the students who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity say that they resolved to strike after complaining to the school head teacher Godfrey Ssekabembe about the quality of meals, but nothing was done to address their concerns. They also accuse police of using excessive force saying yet their strike was peaceful. Godfrey Ssekabambe, the head teacher Mulusa Academy declined to comment on the allegations made by the students saying he was away from office. He asked for more time to understand the issues before issuing his comment. The strike at Mulusa academy comes a few days after Jinja college school was closed over a violent students strike over similar grounds.

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