Police in Kampala has confirmed that 56 candidates at Lubiri secondary school in Mengo, Kampala have been arrested and detained following a violent strike last evening over an alleged assault on one of their fellow students by a teacher.
While addressing journalists on Monday afternoon, Kampala Metropolitan deputy spokesperson, ASP Luke Owoyesigire noted some of the arrested students have however been released on police bond and allowed to sit for their examinations.
Owoyesigire says upon interrogation, the students claimed that they were protesting an assault meted on their female colleagues by a teacher identified as Benjamin Mulondo who is currently on the run.
“The police upon interviewing the students was able to establish that the alleged cause of the student demonstration was that, one of the teachers identified as Mulondo Benjamin (currently on the run) had abused two of their colleague students, one Kayaga Brenda and Nalubega shamira all in senior six by caning them. The students would later show their dissatisfaction by destroying school property,” says Owoyesigire.
Police say they have preferred charges of malicious damage against the students since a lot of property at school and neighboring areas was destroyed during the riot.
Owoyesigire further asked students in the country to always desist from violent protests. He says, they ought to always invoke all the available peaceful means in expressing their dissatisfaction including reporting to police in case of violation of their rights.
The arrested students are being held at Old Kampala and Lungujja police stations as investigations into the matter continue.