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One student killed, 28 arrested as rival schools fight in Kabale

A student has died after Nyabikono Secondary school students retariated a fight staged by their Kigezi High School counterparts. (PHOTO/File)g

KABALE – A student of Kigezi High School in Kabale District was on Sunday, June 9 killed during a fight with a rival school.

The deceased student identified as Rogers Bakashaba is said to have been stoned to death as students from his school attacked those from Nyabikoni Secondary School in Nyabikoni Ward, Kabale Municipality at around 5pm.

It is not clear why the fight occurred. According to Mr Elly Maate, the Kigezi regional police spokesperson, the students of Kigezi High School went with sticks, stones and clubs to attack Nyabikoni Secondary School but the latter overpowered them and chased them, leading to the death of one student.

“Nyabikoni students overpowered them hitting the deceased with a blunt object which injured him on the head and bled furiously and died instantly about 50 meters away from Nyabikoni SS. Police was notified, responded immediately and repulsed them back to their school,” Mr Maate said.

He said 28 students of Kigezi high and 1 for Nyabikoni SS have been arrested for questioning as inquiries to establish the cause underway.

He said the deceased was in S 5 and hails from Mbarara district.

Kigezi High School has a history of violence. In March, police in Kabale was forced to use tear gas in order to disperse students at the school who were protesting the decision by the school management not to participate in the 2019 Copa Coca-Cola Football Competitions.

The school management led by Rev. Dr. Medard Rugyendo, the Chairperson Board of Governors resolved not to participate in the Copa Coca-Cola competitions due to financial constraints, something that students did not comprehend with thus rioting.

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

Following this, the students who were ordered to go for class instead of going for screening at Ndorwa Secondary School playground in Kabale Municipality started striking and abusing teachers.

Immediately, the police led by Henry Kisembo, the officer in charge of the Field Force Unit at Kabale Police Station were invited to intervene.

However, the students attacked the officers with stones forcing it to use tear gas and live bullets.

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