Tukamuhebwa says he was prompted to order the arrest of Kwikiriza after receiving information that he was moving around Government Aided schools in the district to force teachers and pupils to return home.
Erastus Tukamuhebwa, the Ibanda Resident District Commissioner has ordered the arrest of Alex Kwikiriza, the South Western representative of Uganda National Teacher's Union-UNATU. Kwikiriza is also the head teacher Kankinga 1 primary school in Ishongororo Sub County in Ibanda District.
Tukamuhebwa says he was prompted to order the arrest of Kwikiriza after receiving information that he was moving around Government Aided schools in the district to force teachers and pupils to return home. Kwikiriza who spoke to URN on phone from undisclosed location said the RDC is acting against the law to issue an arrest warrant for him and many other head teachers who have joined the industrial action
He vowed not to bow down to the threats saying their action is in line with the law. On Monday this week, teachers laid down their tools of work in a countrywide strike to compel government to include their 10 percent payrise in the 2015/2016 financial year budget. Kwikiriza says he has registered up to 100 cases of threatening violence against Head teachers by several Government officials from different parts of the region.
URN was unable to get a comment from the Police on whether or not they are hunting for the UNATU official. Meanwhile most schools in the rural areas of Ibanda district have remained closed as the teachers industrial action enters day three today. URN visited Kyengando primary and Kakinga 1 primary schools in Ishongororo Sub County at 10.00am and found no single pupils or teachers.
Five teachers turned up at Nyamarebe primary school in Nyamarebe Sub County but their time in a tree shade listening to music on their pocket radio receivers.
They faulted Government for forcing them to work under hardship with low pay. Deus Biryomumaisho, the head teacher Nyamarebe primary school said it is a pity for the Government to give teachers 300.000 Shillings yet other government employees are pocketing hefty salaries each month.
At Igorora and Ibanda primary schools in Ibanda south only a few children from the neighborhood were seen playing football in the compound.