Principal Survives Lynching as UCC Tororo Students Strike

The Principal Uganda College of Commerce Tororo (UCC) Ekou Margaret narrowly survived being lynched by students on strike on Monday.

The students were striking over poor administration of the college. They accused the management of hiring secondary school teachers because of a shortage of lecturers.

They also accused Ekou of lacking management skills or compassion. They said she had on more than one occasion said that the college was not for poor students to those who were struggling to meet costs.

Ekou had been requested to address the students on strike.

Police had to be called in to rescue the frightened Principal who retreated to herself and barricaded herself inside.

Police led by the Deputy Regional Police Commander in charge Malaba region Musisi Sam rushed to the college to cool down the situation.

They were soon joined by regional CIID boss in charge Malaba region Okuni Tom Martin, the DPC Tororo Robert Katuramu and the District Education Education Officer, Yona Gamusi Doya.

The students informed D.E.O Doya that they had not had lectures for two weeks. They also complained that the college was enforcing the rule of zero balance registration in regard to tuition fees. They also noted that the college had lost many good lecturers and not received replacements.

The students further noted that their lecture rooms were too small to handle the growing numbers. They said the college also prepares for them poor meals inspite of the tuition fees they part with.

Prinicpal Ekou refused to address the students again, preferring to listen to their grievances.

DEO Doya directed the Principal to convene an emergency governing council meeting by Saturday at the college to find a lasting solution to the crisis.

The DEO also directed that business including lectures resume immediately until the outcome of the Saturday meeting.

The Deputy Regional Police Commander Malaba Region Musisi Sam commended the students for being non violent and appealed to them to always operate within the law to avoid trouble.

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