Good Leadership Key to Eradicating Poverty – VP

13 students of St. Mary’s college Rushoroza Kabale were on Thursday arrested and 120 sent home following a violent strike at the school on Wednesday night that left the boys dormitory windows shattered and two students injured.

The arrested are believed to have had a hand in the chaos that erupted on Wednesday night when S5 students went on rampage destroying the windows of the boy’s dormitory and injuring two S6 students in the process.

The injured are admitted at Rushoroza health center IV.

Head teacher Remegio Byamugisha [in suit] speaking to police at the campus
Head teacher Remegio Byamugisha [in suit] speaking to police at the campus
Students that spoke to our reporter revealed that the fighting broke out when some A Level candidates beat up an S5 student whom they were accused of theft.

His classmates in response attacked the head prefect’s cubicle where the S6 culprits were hiding and started hurling stones at it.

Police monitoring the situation at the school
Police monitoring the situation at the school

Head teacher Remegio Byamukama told us that they later called the rivaling parties for reconciliation and believed that the matter had been resolved.

“But at night a fierce fight erupted and we were compelled to call in the police which restored calm after a lot of property was destroyed. We have decided to suspend about 120 students in the meantime” he said.



Augustine Nakitari the Kabale district acting police commander says the situation at the school is under control as investigations in the cause of the strike proceed. The ringleaders he said would be charged and presented in courts of law.

This is the second strike to take place at the school this term. At the beginning of last month students went on rampage accusing the school for not providing with them with rice.
Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi has asked leaders to appreciate society needs and put in place projects that capture and respond to these particular needs, information pills saying these are the good qualities of a leader.

This he mentioned on 23rd July 2015 during the MUBS 6th Annual International Leadership Conference at the National Water Resource Center in Bugolobi.

The four-days conference kicked off on Tuesday under the theme, find “The Poverty Dilemma: The Role of Leadership.”

The debate which saw leaders, stomach scholars, researchers and policy makers come together to discuss the role of leadership in eradicating poverty was organized by Makerere University Business School in partnership with National Water &  Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) as well as Uganda Women Network (UWONET).

Officiating at the function, the Vice President disclosed that the theme underscores the essence of leadership in poverty alleviation and transformation of the society from a disadvantaged level to a better one. He also revealed that good leadership is key to eradicating poverty in the country.

“I believe a leader is visionary, self disciplined, responsible, committed, has good listening skills and should be able to transform a society. These are attributes of a leader that should be underlined in this conference,” the Vice President said.

Silver Mugisha, the Managing Director of NWSC during the conference also emphasized that a good leader should be a transformational one who is not only able to deliver ideas but also listen to those he serves.

Silver Mugisha, MD NWSC   explains the company's role in eradicating poverty.
Silver Mugisha, MD NWSC explains the company’s role in eradicating poverty.

He emphasized this point by disclosing that NWSC in a bid to listen and respond to clients is active on social media.

“I have a twitter account which I check every time to find out what customers are saying about our services and i also use it to ensure their happiness. I know what is happening all over through social media. We are dotcom leaders,” he said.

Mugisha disclosed that while NWSC through its leadership is fighting poverty by providing sufficient water for all, the rich are stealing the water.

“How are we going to serve the poor and eradicate poverty when the wealthy are looking at every possible way of becoming richer,” he said.  He revealed that the company is working with police to make sure that people are stopped from stealing water as this is a hindrance in their fight to eradicate poverty by providing sufficient water for all.

Mugisha who described poverty as inadequacy in amounts and insufficiency in quality urged the public who buy water unit at 32 Ugshs (the actual price) and sell it at a higher rate to those with limited water point sources to bring this to an end.

At the same conference Mugisha revealed that the corporation is planning to construct its own power plant to reduce the costs spent on electricity.
According to him the company spends sh3bn on the power supply every year. He said once they corporation builds its own power generation plant it will cut down the costs between 30% and 40%.
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