“Be proactive”: UPC tells NRM gov’t as fire outbreaks in schools continue
UPC noted that the country has also experienced a new trend of attacks on men and women in uniform.
By Milton Emmy Akwam
Kampala – November 2, 2022: Uganda, the Pearl of Africa is not immune to natural and manmade calamities. Now at 60 years, it continues to be pulled backwards by old challenges, according to Uganda Peoples Congress (UPC) party.
Nearly two decades after the death of her founding father Dr Apollo Milton Obote (RIP), UPC still offers oversight roles to the NRM government.
Under the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party, citizens are proud of the achievements made since 1986. Also, the majority of citizens are concerned with several challenges the government has failed to address.
Criminality, diseases, corruption and natural and man-made disasters have dominated the government systems. Although several interventions have been made in recent and past months or years, resurgence still takes place.
UPC has led Uganda twice. It said on Wednesday that on several occasions several key socio-economic challenges have affected our country. They have offered advice through their weekly press conferences and other platforms.
However, the situation has persisted and in some cases very much disturbing and scary, according to the party spokesperson, Arach Oyat Sharon.
Arach who was addressing a weekly press conference in Kampala on Wednesday, November 2, 2022, said fires are continuing to burn our schools, causing deaths and damage to property. “The recent case in point is the Salama School for the Blind in Mukono District that left over 10 students dead while others sustained injuries and nursing wounds in different hospitals.”
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She added that the markets are equally prone to these fire outbreaks as well as some homesteads. “We are yet to get conclusive government or police reports on such fires. UPC urges the government to be proactive and put in place a National Task Force on fire outbreaks in schools and markets among other areas,” she added.
At the same conference, UPC noted that the country has also experienced a new trend of attacks on men and women in uniform.
According to the party, this has been “upgraded to raids on the police station like the case in Busika police” where we registered the death of police officers and their guns stolen.
This is not the first time such an incident is occurring in the country, Arach recalled, remembering that “we had a similar incident where traffic police officers were also gagged and guns disappeared”.
“With the current laxity of the security agencies to arrest the perpetrators, UPC urges the security agencies to beef up security, be vigilant and mount checkpoints on every entrance of police stations across the country.”
Records from the Police
On June 7, 2022, the Territorial Police in Kampala Metropolitan East and KMP South started investigating two separate incidents of Arson, on school dormitories at Young Elite Primary School in Kasokoso and MH Junior School Nabbingo, respectively, by two separate undisciplined pupils aged 11 and 16 who were fed up with school.
The facts gathered indicated that on June 6, 2022, one Mutwama Aminadabu, a 16-year primary seven pupil of Young Elite School, Kasokoso, Kira Municipality packed his school items and returned home, where he told his parents that he was no longer interested in school. They instead chased and forced him to return to school.
Upon reaching school, the suspect set his properties on fire, which spread and burnt 7 other mattresses, clothes, school uniforms, 4 beds, 1 dispense and part of the roof to the dormitory. The suspect escaped from school and is still at large. Fortunately, no pupils got injured since they were in class; however, properties valued at approximately 10m got burnt.
In a separate development, on June 4,.2022 at about 5.48 am, one Muyanja Anani Aramathan, aged 11 and P.4 pupil of MH Junior School Nabbingo, Ituga Cell, Kyengera Town Council, informed his matron Nalwanga Cissy, about a fire outbreak in the dormitory.
UPC is concerned that old challenges and problems are persisting as well as increasing and if not addressed fully, they have the potential of pulling the country backwards in the wake of the suffering economy.