Crime & Investigation

Bushenyi: Students Arrested over Arson

Government and the United Nations Children’s Fund [UNICEF] on Thursday launched the 2015 Situation Analysis Report on children in Uganda.

Guided by the Geneva Convention on the rights of Children which Uganda ratified in 1990, there the report focuses on majorly child survival, development, participation and protection.

The UNICEF Representative Ms. Aida Girma said that significant progress has been made but there’s more to be done, calling for more investment in sectors like nutrition and early childhood development.

According to the Report, Uganda is among the top 10 countries with the highest maternal, new born and child mortality.

HIV is the second leading cause of deaths among adolescents.

Malaria, diarrhea, pneumonia and infections like HIV account for more than 70 percent of Under 5 deaths.

Nearly a third of children in Uganda don’t have access to safe water.

The report further indicates that 40 percent of children die of under nutrition whereas 2.4 million children are stunted and more than 1 million underweight.


Regarding education, the report revealed that Primary school enrolment rates are high (94 percent) but so are the dropout rates. Only 2 out of 3 who enroll complete primary school.

Secondary school enrolment rates are lower (24 percent) and drop outs are much higher.

A quarter of girls get married between 15 and 19 years while 2.4 million children engage in exploitative labor.

Key recommendations to these findings included implementation of childhood development policies, child social protection policies, more funding of children issues.
By Alice Ayebazibwe

Four students of Kizinda Parent’s Senior Secondary school in Matsya village, diagnosis Nyabubare sub county Bushenyi districts are being detained at Bushenyi central police station for trying to set their School on fire

Diphas Nuwabiine, pilule Anthony Kaijuka, Andrew Tumwekwase and Joshwa Agaba – the four suspects on the night of 6th July 2015 went rowdy and tried to set a school laboratory and a teachers house on fire.

Peter Tindyebwa the acting District Police Commander said the students were picked up after a tip off from the school administration.

He said police swung into action and put off the fire before it could spread further. Tindyebwa said that investigations on the cause of the action are being carried out.

Tindyebwa revealed that this is the third school that has been set on fire within the last two months the latest being Plus Two high school and Basajjabalaba secondary school in Ishaka town where a girl’s dormitory was completely burnt and students sent home.

The police has instituted investigations to ascertain the causes of fires in schools in Bushenyi District.

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