There was tension Monday morning in Kimaka — a suburb of Jinja municipality after Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) surrounded Guardian Primary school, saying the institution was illegally using their land.
According to UPDF, the land in question belongs to Uganda Senior Command and Staff College (USCSC), a training facility established in 2013 for senior commanders in the Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF), including the army, air force, and Special Forces.
So today morning, UPDF surrounded the school premises to block any activities from occurring at the school, taking advantage of the fact that the school operates on a day program.
After learning about the incident, the director of the school, James Mulawa, mobilized parents and pupils to forcefully enter the school.
According to our reporter, on reaching, the parents — who were chanting and raising arms — were driven back by UPDF officers who beat them, leaving some injured.
One of the journalists from Bukedde TV Ivan Lubega is also nursing injuries from whipping by a UPDF agent.
The school director, Mulawa, was also arrested by police that had been called by the UPDF to calm the situation.
The incident by the UPDF came after the school had received several warnings from the army college to vacate the land.
But Mulawa also claims that he got an interim court order that allows him to operate on this land.
Lt. Amos Nsamba, the UPDF spokesperson in Jinja said that “the director of this school was warned and given enough time of over one year, he knows that this land belongs to the UPDF,” disregarding allegations that Mulawa acquired a directive to operate on the land.
Meanwhile, some of the parents our reporter spoke to were demanding for a refund to change schools for the children.