The students are accused of violently assaulting Mike Ssekago, the head teacher Luteete Secondary School and a security guard only identified as James.
Johnson Kamulegeya and Mubarak Sserwadda who are accused of assaulting their head teacher.
Luweero police are holding two students of Luteete Secondary School accused of assaulting their head teacher and security guard following their suspension over lack of school uniform. Mubarak Sserwadda and Johnson Kamulegeya, both senior three students of Luteete Secondary School were picked up from their homes on Monday and detained at Luweero Central Police station. The students are accused of violently assaulting Mike Ssekago, the head teacher Luteete Secondary School and a security guard only identified as James.
Ssekago explains that it all started after he ordered Johnson Kamulegeya to return home until he gets a school uniform but he refused. The head teacher explains he called school guard to escort him to his classroom to pick up his books and leave the school premises. Ssekago claimed that Kamulegeya teamed up with Sserwadda and started pelting him and the guard with stones. He says the students also vandalized several window panes forcing teachers to intervene and throw out the students. Ssekago claims that he sustained injuries on the head, chest and was rushed to Kalagala Health Center IV adding that, he is still nursing wounds. He says the school management has resolved to summon parents of both students to notify them about the expulsion of their children over indiscipline and violence.
Ssekago says they are also on alert after receiving information that the two students are part of a large group, which had planned to riot to disrupt mock examinations. The two students have admitted assaulting the guard, but deny attacking their head teacher. Sserwadda told URN at Luweero Central Police station that they acted out of anger after the security guard manhandled them like chicken thieves in process of throwing them out of school gate. He says they are willing to apologize to the guard once police avails them a chance. Topher Gimei, the Luweero District Criminal Investigations Officer says both students have been charged with malicious damage and assault. He says they have sent their files to the Resident State Attorney for advice before the suspects are arraigned in court.
Gimei says they have denied the students bond so as to deter others from strikes, which have become rampant. Edward Ssembajjwe, the the Chairperson Uganda National Teacher's Union -Luweero branch says the teachers are worried over increasing strikes in schools and want government to investigate them so as to come up with a lasting solution to the problem. He initially strikes were triggered by things like poor meals and accommodation but today students strike even on minors such as being blocked from wearing miniskirts. The attack of the head teacher comes two weeks after students of Kinyogogga Seed Secondary School in Nakaseke also beat their head teacher Michael Tiberindwa into coma and a teacher James Kasirye.
Violent strikes have occurred in schools such as Mulusa Academy in Luweero, Muntoyera High School in Ntungamo, St.Kizito in Nakapiripirit Global High and Eden International School amongst in the past two months.