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Student Strikes: Police Deploy in Lira Schools

Ezra Tugume, the Lira District Police Commander Lira, says the deployments are based on intelligence reports showing that the strikes in Comboni and Lango Colleges could spiral to some of the named schools. According to Tugume, they intend to maintain light deployment in the schools for mitigation purposes but not to create tension among students.
 Police have deployed at government aided secondary schools in Lira district following violent strikes at Comboni and Lango Colleges within a space of one week. There is visible police presence at Dr. Obote College, St Catherine Girls SS and Lira Town College.

Our reporter saw at least three police officers manning security at Dr. Obote College Boro-Boro on Tuesday. Both St Catherine Girls SS and Lira Town College had two police officers each.  Ezra Tugume, the Lira District Police Commander, says the deployments are based on intelligence reports showing that the strikes in Comboni and Lango Colleges could spiral to some of the named schools. 

According to Tugume, they intend to maintain light deployment in the schools for mitigation purposes but not to create tension among students. He also says they will continue monitoring closely the situation at Lango and Comboni Colleges, where students rampaged recently and destroyed school property to protest the banning of miniskirts and tight fitting clothes. 

Lira District Security Committee led by Emmanuel Mwaka Lutukomoi, the Lira Resident District Commissioner has launched a patriotism drive in all schools across the district to try and streamline the relationship between students and school management.

According to Lutukomoi, the drive is meant at changing the student's mindset to encourage them to engage in dialogue to address their grievances as opposed to violence. 

But Reverend James Awany, a former lecturer and dean of students at All Saints University Lango, warns that more schools could witness violent strikes unless school authorities adapt modern strategies of dealing with the contemporary demands of students.

He criticizes police deployment in schools, saying it only offers a short term solution, adding that it could affect learning.  

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