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Two more students arrested, another two on the run over Kyamate School fire

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Two more students arrested, another two on the run over Kyamate School fire

Two more students have been arrested in connection to the fire that killed one student and injured three others at Kyamate SS in Ntungamo district.

Atukwatse Bonus a 13-year-old senior one student was killed in a fire that was intentionally set at around 2100/c on 26/02/2023 destroying a block housing 146 students of Senior One.

Marvin Nuwenyesiga, Isaiah Ajjuna and Amanya Lisbon were injured and rushed to Doctor Bedas Clinic in Ntungamo Town where they are admitted.

Property worth millions of shillings was also destroyed including books, suitcases, mattresses, clothes and the roof of the structure.

On Monday, four students were arrested in relation to the incident including; Kanyesingye Odongo Odmaro, Arinaitwe Anthony, Tumwesigye Arnold and Arinaitwe Elijah.

However, two others identified as Twesigye Lawrence and Kushaba Norman were arrested today, while another two are still on the run, these are; Asiimwe Joshua a student of Senior three and Tumushabe Wilber of the same class, who was suspended due to indiscipline but was cited in the school on 26/02/2023.

The police also recovered an exhibit of a jerrycan containing petrol and a blanket sucked in petrol indicating that the fire was started intentionally with a motive to destroy property or take life

Atukwatse was laid to rest yesterday 27/02/2023 in Rukoni East, Ntungamo District.

On Tuesday, a team headed by the SCP Apora James the Ag. Director of Police Fire and Rescue Services together with the territorial police of Rwizi Region and UPDF revisited the scene.  

According to ASP Kasasira Samson the PRO Rwizi Region, the meeting was called to assess the effects of the fire, put strategies in place to avoid future incidents of fire and also inspected the safety preparedness of the existing accommodation for students and other school structures.

The Director of Police Fire and Rescue Services also met with the School board members and the management where he emphasized safety precautions to be taken seriously, security, constant engagement of students through guidance/counselling and discipline of the students

Police are also investigating allegations that the deceased was tied to his bed before the fire was started. The allegations have been making rounds on social media with some people claiming that the crime was committed by students who were reported for bullying S.1 students.

The said report was allegedly made by the deceased. starting the fire inquiries into the matter have been opened to establish the circumstances behind the death of Atukwase Bonus because his body was burnt beyond recognition

“Police condemn acts of violence and recklessness that result in loss of life and property, all those involved in such acts shall be prosecuted for their actions,” says Kasasira.

Sarah K. Biryomumaisho is a Multimedia journalist (Broadcast & Writing) with 11 years of experience. She holds a Diploma in Business Administration from Makerere Business Institute and a Certificate in Media Management from Women in News. She completed a Course in Wikimedia in 2020, making her one of the very few Wikipedia Editors in the country. She also has a certificate in Gender Justice Reporting from The International Women's Media Foundation, IWMF. She has worked with a number of media houses including 6 Radio stations, most recently Galaxy fm 100.2 & Radio 4. She has worked with Andariya Magazine as a writer. Sarah worked as a Digital Communications consultant for the newly revived Uganda Airlines and is also a Digital enthusiast. She owns a Media Organization called TheUgPost that publishes in Uganda and has a global reach. Twitter; https://twitter.com/BiryomumaishoB

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