Tear Gas, Bullets Rock Kigezi College Butobere as Students Strike

Tear gas and live bullets rocked Kigezi College Butobere in Kabale district this afternoon as students protested the suspension of their colleague. 

The students accused the school administration for suspending Emmanuel Twesigwomwe who allegedly  led other students into bullying new senior one and senior five students.

One of the senior one students says that when they reported, they found a writing instructing all newcomers who were baptized coils to pay 3000 Shillings each to escape bullying.  He says that those who did not pay were beaten every night. 

On Monday Twesigwomwe was implicated for bullying, Premier Kato, a senior five class student by beating, after he failed to raise 3000 Shillings to bail himself.

The school administration today resolved to suspend Twesigwome and asked him to only return to school with a parent.  

But this angered other continuing students who started pelting stones at teachers and buildings. They aimed at the house of the headteacher which they were reportedly planning to set ablaze.

Police under the command of Muhammad Kyewalyanga, the Head of Operations at Kabale Police Station and Henry Kisembo, the Field Force Unit Commander used teargas and live bullets to disperse the rowdy students.

John Robert Osula, the school headteacher says that Twesigwome has been in hiding since Monday when he assaulted Kato until today when they landed on him and decided to send him home. 

Osula assures parents and guardians that the school administration is investigating more of this matter to make sure that all the culprits are dealt with accordingly. 

Sam Arineitwe, the Chairperson of the Disciplinary Committee condemned the acts of bullying and said that the board resolved that any students found bullying others will be suspended with immediate effect.  

Arineitwe says that their aim now is to revive the glory of the school which faded some years back due to violent strikes.  

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Abitegeka Gerald

The News Editor ,Reporter at Kagadi Kibaale community Radio

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