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Sixteen Rushanje Girls Record Statements Over School Dormitory fire

According to a reliable police source, the fire was deliberately started. The source notes that the students deliberately started the fire after the school management turned down their pleas for a midterm break.

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Sixteen students of Rushanje Girl's School in Rwampara District have recorded police statements on the fire that gutted a dormitory and destroyed property at their school last week. Steven Kamara, the Rwampara district police commander, says that the girls who are on police bond were arrested as prime suspects behind the school fire.

He refused to divulge details in the matter, saying that it would jeopardize their investigations and the fact that most of the suspects are minors. According to Kamara, since the fire broke out last week, police have been probing its cause noting that counter-accusations have been raised by the students, teachers, and the neighboring community on its cause.

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According to a reliable police source, the fire was deliberately started. The source notes that the students deliberately started the fire after the school management turned down their pleas for a midterm break.

The school Headmistress, Gertrude Atukunda, says that they were initially told that the fire started from a short circuit but investigations show something different.

According to Atukunda, she was surprised when police started picking girls from the school noting that they first picked five and picked another four later.

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Cue out: …have enjoyed them.”//

Samson Kasasira, the Rwizi Region Police Spokesperson, says that they have instituted special investigations into the fires that have gutted schools around the region in the last three weeks. The first fire incident was reported at Mbarara Secondary School boys’ dormitory followed by Rushanje Girls, St Andrews Secondary School Rubindi, and later Mbarara High View Katete.

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