May 31, 2013

Jinja Officials Intervene In Mwiri Strike, CAO Blasts Administrators

Jinja district leaders have intervened to calm down the students of Busoga College Mwiri who went on strike on Friday morning.

The students trekked from the school to Jinja town hall, a distance of 10 kilometres, to protest what they called unbearable learning conditions at the once mighty school.

About 600 students had by 4am camped at Jinja town hall ready to express their grievances, which they say the school administration has failed to handle locally. Efforts by the police in Jinja led by the district police commander, Apollo Kateeba, to intercept the students were futile as they resorted to shortcuts until they accessed Jinja town.

Jinja leaders including the Resident District Commissioner Richard Gulume Balyainho, district chairman Frederick Ngobi Gume, chief administrative officer Oliver Nakyanzi and district education officer Abraham Were among others rushed to attend to the disgruntled students at the town hall.

Speaking on behalf of the students, JohnBosco Musangalo and Jonah Mangeni explained to the leaders a number of challenges that they fear might impend their academic excellence at the 100-year old school.

After carefully registering the issues that prompted students to peacefully walk at night, the RDC ordered the district education officer to institute an adhoc committee to expeditiously investigate all the complaints raised by students. Gulume appreciated the students for being nonviolent saying the crisis would be handled.

The district chief administrative officer Oliver Nakyanzi, however, lashed at government secondary schools for operating like they are private entities and vowed to lead an operation to crack down all culprits.

The team of leaders together with the students has now headed back to the school where the leaders will have to assess the situation before recommending the next action.

The school head teacher Wamala Lule could not be reached on his common mobile phone number and was reportedly out of the school.

A source that preferred anonymity said that the students seem to have hatched the plan for demonstrating last term. They overpowered the gate keeper and marched out saying they are tired of feeding on posho and beans.

Kiira region police spokesperson Samson Lubega said some students were moving along the railway line through Masese to access Jinja town.
Busoga College Mwiri, established in 1911, is located about 10 kilometres along Jinja-Iganga Highway.

This comes when the second term has just started this week.

In April 2011, students of Wairaka College, a neighboring school, protested the poor administration leading to the closure of the school for over a month

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