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14 Students Arrested Over Maruzi Seed SS Strike

Jimmy Patrick Okema, the North Kyoga Police Spokesperson, says the suspects were identified as the ring leaders of the strike.

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Fourteen senior four students of Maruzi Seed Secondary School in Apac district are in police custody for leading a strike that resulted in the destruction of school property.

The students allegedly led a violent strike at the school on July 5th, 2022, which led to the destruction of window panes and the burglar-proof windows in the school kitchen and canteen where they looted food stuff and some kitchen utensils.

Jimmy Patrick Okema, the North Kyoga Police Spokesperson, says the suspects were identified as the ring leaders of the strike. 

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Okema warned parents against panicking and rushing to push for the release of their children on bond, saying the arrest will serve as a warning to the rest, who would wish to make the same mistake.

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Tony Anyii, the school deputy Head Teacher, says the situation has normalized and normal lessons are ongoing despite the arrest of the students. “Everything is okay, there is nothing wrong, and normal lessons are being done. It was just misunderstanding among S4s; they were the ones complaining about something very small, that why should people tell them to sweep the compound before going to class. They complicated it and went on to destroy school properties," he said.

This is the fifth strike in the Lango sub- region this year. Similar strikes took place in Atapara SS, Agali Seed SS, Amugo Agro Technical School, and Dr. Obote College Boroboro the last term. Two days ago, 14 students of Blessed Sacrament S.S Kimaanya in Masaka district were arrested for leading a violent strike, which led to the suspension of over 1000 learners.

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