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Live Bullets as Violent Tribal Fight Erupts at Kabale Nursing School

Police on Tuesday intervened and fired live bullets and teargas to disperse students at the Kabale School of Comprehensive Nursing who were involved in a fight triggered by tribally charged insults.

The clash started during a lunch break in the school main hall where the finalist students had converged for the handover ceremony of the outgoing students’ guild leadership to the new leadership.

During the lunch break, according to students who spoke to ChimpReports, a fight broke up between students from Northern Uganda and those from the western region.

This was after one student, a one Jeremiah Ogwok, jumped the food queue which angered other students.

In response, one Lipson Kamwesiga, the outgoing Minister for Nutrition intervened and told Ogwok to get back in line.

In the exchange that ensued, Kwemwesiga reportedly referred to Ogwok as a “Mukooko”—a Runyankore Rukiga derogatory term which portrays people from Northern Uganda as being animalistic.

Kamwesiga then allegedly ordered that Ogwok should not be served until all guild leaders from Western Uganda are served, a move that was backed by Deus Turihohabwe, a student who was serving.

Angered, Ogwok grabbed Turihohabwe and started beating him up.

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The fight intensified after students from the western region joined to defend Turihohabwe and Kamwesiga while those from the north fought for Ogwok.

In the process, Ogwok was reportedly cut with a knife on the hand.

Police was immediately called in and they responded with live bullets and teargas to disperse the students.

Yesterday morning, the students reportedly continued to threaten each other, which forced Henry Kisembo, the Kigezi region police Field Force Unit (FFU) Commander, to call for an assembly at around midday to calm them down.

As police gathered students to address them, Josephine Kigozi Nandilo, the School Principal closed the main gate and ordered journalists out of the campus.

Elly Maate, the regional police spokesperson told ChimpReports that in the end, Ogwok, Kamwesiga and Turihohabwe were arrested and taken to Kabale Central Police Station to record statements.

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