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Police Arrest 26 Kitgum Town College Students for Staging Violent Strike

The students were protesting a decision by the administration to send some of them home, for failing to clear school dues, just days to the beginning of mock examinations. The examinations are due to begin on Monday, July 29.
Police in Kitgum district has arrested 26 senior four students of Kitgum Town College for staging a violent strike at the school premises.   The students were protesting a decision by the administration to send some of them home, for failing to clear school dues, just days to the beginning of mock examinations. The examinations are due to begin on Monday, July 29.  

During the protest, the students destroyed a number of school properties. The properties that were left in ruins include desktop computers, printers, window glasses, a photocopying machine, sacks of maize flour, sacks of maize grain and beans, cooking utensils and solar panels. They also allegedly stole meat that was supposed to be cooked for the teachers.

  Kitgum District Police Commander Moses Bwire told URN in an interview this afternoon that the students are now detained at Kitgum Central Police Station pending investigations. Police are also on the hunt for their colleagues, who are currently on the run. Bwiire says that the students face charges of malicious damage to property.  

URN has learnt that the School administration has since called for an emergency meeting with all parents of senior four students next Monday while the rest of the classes are expected to resume normal studies on Tuesday.  

This is not the first time Students from Kitgum Town College have staged a violent strike. In 2011, over 80 students of Kitgum Town College were suspended after staging a violent strike protesting little food served by the school cooks.

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