Students arrested for leading strike in Mitooma

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Images showing a classroom block which students damaged its window glasses during the strike

By Mercy Agumenaitwe,

REGIONAL

Over 25 students of Ruhinda SSS in Mitooma Town Council Ruhinda county Mitooma district are in police coolers after allegedly led a strike at school.

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The students yet to identify on Tuesday night led others in a violent strike destroying a number of properties at school including breaking window  glasses of some classroom blocks, dormitories and windscreen of the vehicle belonging to one of the teachers.

According to reports, the students majority of whom are senior four candidates were protesting against the poor quality of food served to them.

Samuel Olumu, the Mitooma District Police Commander has confirmed the arrest of some suspects noting that they will be dealth with as soon as evidence of participating in the strike is provide.

“We arrested some of the students and recorded statements from them. We are also working closely with the  management of the school to get clear evidences whoever will be found guilty of involving in this strike will be handled with the guidance of the law,” Olumu said

The school has since called for a premature closing to pave way for investigations.

According to a circular to parents  by Arthur Yeteise, the headteacher Ruhinda SSS, the decision to suspend studies was reached at the security meeting held with security officers, RDC and Deputy RDC Mitooma and the school management on Wednesday 27th July, 2022.

”We regret to inform you that your son / daughter has been sent home today 27th July, 2022, due to the student’s strike that occured in the night of Tuesday 26th July, 2022,” read a letter in parts

Yeteise who didn’t disclose the details of the strike told parents that they will be invited to school if its established that their son / daughter was involved in the strike

Police from Mitooma district photographed heavily manning at the Ruhinda SSS premises after students striked on Tuesday night

“You will be invited at school if its found thst your child was involved in the unrest,” he argued.

By press time, the arrested students were still being detained at Mitooma police station meanwhile as police investigate the matter

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