Uganda: Student Killed in Kabale School Strike

By Urn

15-year-old Wycliffe Turyamutunga, a senior three student from Isingiro district has succumbed to injuries he sustained last Sunday during a strike at Bubare secondary school in Bubare sub-county, Kabale district.

Turyamutunga is among five students who were reportedly hacked by residents around the school following a violent students' strike following the transfer of one of their teachers and the management decision to fire one of their favourite cooks. Turyamutunga died at Kabale regional referral hospital shortly after being admitted.

Two more students are admitted at the hospital, while two others are receiving treatment at Rugarama hospital. One of the students admitted at Rugarama hospital has been identified as Sharon Niwamanya. It not too clear how the students and the residents got into each others way.

Ely Maate, the Kigezi regional police spokesperson, says police are hunting for the residents behind the attack on the students. He says they are also investigating reports that some residents were injured by students in the scuffle.

But students usually go beyond their limits to an extent of destruction of property and injuring of innocent citizens or even themselves. Its true that some were hurt and [are] admitted then one of them succumbed to death. It is very unfortunate but that is what we have always guarded against by advising people to report to relevant offices once they have any grievances so that they are handled amicably or lawfully but not taking [the] into own hands", Maate said.

"The civilians of that place who should have minded of these being their own children and not injuring them [instead attacked them], we are therefore investigating right away from the root cause of the strike, ringleaders and those who injured the victims", he added.

Jimmy Twinomugisha, the head teacher of the school has declined to comment on the matter. In 2011, another student was shot dead by police while dispersing a students' strike at the same school. 16-year-old Judita Ntegyereize was then killed at the school gate as she tried to flee the violence.

Source: All Africa