More than 1,100 pupils of Moru-Apesur Primary School missed classes on Wednesday as the ruling National Resistance Movement- NRM party used the school premises to unveil its candidate Herbert Edmund Ariko for the Soroti East Constituency parliamentary by-elections. Ariko replaces Jimmy Ekemu, who hoisted the NRM flag
during the 2021 general elections.
He will now faceoff with the Forum
for Democratic Change- FDC party candidate, Moses Attan Okia whose election was annulled by the Court of Appeal in May 2022 resulting from a boundary contest in Opiyai and Aloet wards.
The NRM top leadership set Wednesday July 6th,
2022 to unveil Ariko to the constituency ahead of the nomination of candidates scheduled for July 18 and 19, 2022, according the Electoral Commission road map released last month.
The activity coincided with the resumption of studies in government-aided schools following an industrial action by the teachers of
arts over salary enhancement. The government-aided schools have been closed for
more than two weeks over the salary impasse.
But in Moru- Apesur, pupils and teachers had an additional day
off to allow the ruling party carry on its activities, which attracted thousands
of residents across the city. The head teacher, Victor Olinga, says that 12
out of 18 teachers turned up for lessons Wednesday morning but couldn’t continue with their duties since the school was hosting a big function.
Olinga explained that
whereas some announcements were running on local radio stations indicating that the school would
be hosting the NRM activity, more than 100 pupils turned up for classes.
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Soroti City Inspector of Schools, Patrick Emokor couldn't be reached for comment as he neither picked nor responded to texts to his known phone number by the time of filing this story. However, the majority of schools in the city resumed classes
on Wednesday following the suspension of the industrial action by the Uganda National Teachers’ Union- UNATU on Monday.