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On Wednesday, the school management led by Rev. Dr. Medard Rugyendo, the Chairperson Board of Governors who is also the Principal Bishop Barham University College resolved not to participate in the Copa Cocacola competitions scheduled for next week due to financial constraints.

Anti-riot police has used tear gas and live bullets to disperse a student's strike at Kigezi High school in Kabale district.


The students rampaged this morning protesting the decision of management not to enroll the school in the 2019 Copa Cocacola football competitions. 


On Wednesday, the school management led by Rev. Dr. Medard Rugyendo, the Chairperson Board of Governors who is also the Principal Bishop Barham University College resolved not to participate in the Copa Cocacola competitions scheduled for next week due to financial constraints.




The Administration also resolved to suspend bursaries for all footballers and salary for the school Coach, Denis Tushabe until the school stabilizes financially.   

However, the students won't have any of this.       

 The situation went out of hand this morning when footballers assembled ready to go for screening at Ndorwa Secondary School playground in Kabale Municipality but were told by teachers to return to class.  


The students turned violent and attempted to attack the teachers forcing police led by Henry Kisembo, the Officer in Charge of the Field Force Unit at Kabale Police Station to intervene to restore calm.


The students pelted the officers with stoned for them to use tear gas and live bullets to disperse them leading to running battles.   
  

One of the students told URN on condition of anonymity that the decision to forego their participation in Copa Coca Cola football is uncalled for, saying it infringes on the rights of students especially those talented in football.  

 Another student who also declined to be named accused the administration led by Rugyendo for resorting to dictatorship. He wonders why they resolved not to participate in the competitions yet students pay sports fees, saying they will protest until the administration revokes the decision.     

  

Stephen Mugume, the head teacher Kigezi high school faults students for over reacting yet management is still debating on whether or not to participate.  He said the move is aimed at emphasizing academics and promote discipline. 


When the situation worsened, the Kabale District Police Commander, Donald Muhwezi, intervened and chased our reporter from the school from accessing the school premises claiming that the situation will worsen once the matter is publicized.



In December 2018, the school head teacher Kigezi high school and Alfred Kabuchu, the Chairperson Kigezi High School Old Students Association-KHOSA cried for bailout from government, saying the school is struggling to clear debts worth Shillings 800 million.  



The debts have accumulated over a period of more than five years. 

 

About the author

Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.