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Two Arrested, Scores Injured in Kabale School Football Riot

Gun fire and teargas rocked Kabale town on Sunday as police strained to disperse rowdy students, after the final football match of the annual Kabale District Guild Leaders Association- KADGLA Competitions ended prematurely.

A number of students and locals were injured and Police arrested two students in the riot, who were identified as Benson Tumwesigye of National Teachers College Kabale (who was found with a knife) and Ronald Muheise, a student of Uganda College of Commerce-Kabale who is suspected to have assaulted another student at Kabale University.

Henry Kisembo The commander of the Field Force Unit at Kabale Police Station confirmed the arrest of the duo saying that they are detained at Kabale Central police Station.

The riot began after a contested penalty spot kick in the final match between Kabale University and Uganda College of Commerce.

The game had ended goalless and headed for penalty shoot outs.

Trouble broke out when center referee Chance Akampa allowed a penalty that was scored by a UCC player only identified as Joackim, which the Kabale University players led by their goalkeeper Andrew Nkurunungi and students protested, saying that it did not go inside the net.

The anti-riot police quickly intervened to calm the situation.

Simon Turyakira, the KADGLA President who is also the guild president of Bishop Barham University College (BBUC) says that the match was cancelled until the KADGLA committee seats and discusses the matter.

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