February 27, 2024

“I used Petrol of 3,000 to burn the Dormitory”, Public SS Mabaale Boys’ Dormitory Arsonist confesses

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Tumwesigye, the arrested, said his fellow students convicted him of having stolen a mobile phone, something that prompted the students’ body disciplinary committee to discipline him by caning.

KAGADI

Police in Kagadi district are holding one Joseph Tumwesigye, 18 years and a senior four student at Public SS Mabaale, on allegations of being behind the burning of the boys’ dormitory at Public SS last week.

Tumwesigye, the arrested, said his fellow students convicted him of having stolen a mobile phone, something that prompted the students’ body disciplinary committee to discipline him by caning.

Joseph said this annoyed him and went to the nearby fuel station and bought petrol of 3,000 with an intention to burn one bed of the student he says caned him but later the fire spread and burnt the whole dormitory.

He said after the fire had become uncontrollable, he fled in fear of being killed by a mob and being arrested.

SP Moses Muzima Kiconco, the Kagadi district Police commander told New Vision that  after the incident, police instituted a rapid investigation team to ascertain the cause of the fire and also identify the suspects in the matter.

Muzima said that the investigations led them to one of the students at this school and after a roll call, Joseph was found absent yet he had been at school a few hours before the dormitory went to flames.

SP Muzima also said the suspect will be paraded to courts of law for prosecution once investigations are complete.

Yona Bagonza, the school director, said the board resolved that the school continues to operate normally as the school administration solicits for support from the well-wishers.

Yona said the term is now in the 8th week and therefore interrupting the studies would greatly affect the students’ learning and preparation for mock and UNEB exams.

However, Joseph Tumwesigye pleaded with security and school administration to allow him sit for his UNEB exams when time comes.

Students who spoke to the News say that they are worried that they may perform poorly in their forthcoming Mock and UNEB examinations since they lost everything including their books.

Boniface Kisembo, a senior four student said his all belongings like books, mattresses, clothes, case and others were all burnt to ashes and that his family may not be able to replace them, something he says may affect his performance.

School administration however said that this was the first incident of this kind in the history of the school since it was established in 1999.

Currently, the 122 students whose dormitory was burnt are sleeping on the floor of the main examination hall with no personal effects like uniform, beddings, books among others.

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