Police Deploys at Rubanda School as Students Invade Chaplain’s House

Police has been heavily deployed at Muko High School in the newly created Rubanda district to avert a violent student strike over the conduct of the school chaplain.

On Wednesday night, site over 200 boarding students turned violent demanding for the transfer of their school Chaplain Rev Judith Atwongyeire, this who has been there for two years.

At around mid-night, male students mobilized female students before they attacked Atwongyeire in her hostel a few meters away from the school.

When Atwongyeire detected danger, she fled  the hostel and it was then that the  rowdy students  descended  on her property that included; furniture, books clothes and food among others, destroying all of them before police from Muko Police Station intervened and started shooting in the air.

Students accuse Atwongyeire of harassing especially the S3 class to the extent of ordering health workers from the nearby Muko Church of Uganda Health Center II to stop providing them with medical services.

John Rukundo, the head prefect told us that unless the chaplain is transferred, the strike would have to carry on.

According to Claire Blessing, the school Head Girl, Atwongyeire denied a chance to S3 students to lead a Sunday Chapel service ever since the term begun.

She adds that they were forced to stage a violent strike after the school administration declined to consider their complaints.


Reverend Jackson Rutoosha, the School Head Teacher says that by the time of the strike he was not at school, but admitted that the students have not been at the best of terms with the Chaplain.

Assistant Superintendent of Police Fred Wamuga, the Officer-in-charge of Muko Police Station faulted the students for using a wrong method of expressing their concerns by staging a violent demonstration.

He adds that police and the school administration will sit and look into the students concerns for a possible solution.

Efforts to get Atwongyeire for a comment were futile as she was still hiding and all her mobile phones were switched off.


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