By Our Reporter
The Territorial Police in Kampala Metropolitan East and South are investigating two separate incidents of Arson on dormitories by two separate pupils at Young Elite Primary school in Kasokoso, Kira Municipality and MH Junior School Nabbingo, Ituga Cell, Kyengera Town Council.
Aminadabu Mutwama 16, a P.7 pupil at Young Elite School and Aramathan Anani Muyanja 11, a P.4 pupil at MH Junior School set their dormitory property on fire that escalated to other pupils properties.
According to Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga, on June 3, Aminadu 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 P.7 Candidate 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.” He revealed
Fortunately, no pupils got hurt since they were in class. However, Police says that properties worth Shs10M got burnt and the suspect escaped.
In a separate development, on June 4, at about 5:48am, Aramathan informed his matron Cissy Nalwanga about a fire outbreak in the dormitory. The matron found when the fire had just started burning Aramathan’s bed and immediately put out by neighbors and the school staff.
A matchbox was recovered under the bed of Muyanja, who was fed up with the school and hated classes.
He wanted to burn the school so that they are sent home.
The matter was reported to Kakungube Police by the Headteacher Aggrey Nakhaima 26.
Police says Fires in schools can be a dramatic effect on the educational environment for the pupils and the staff and therefore head teachers and school staff have been urged to closely watch out for pupils who have a dislike for classes and seek services of counsellors, parents and guardians to help minimize the risks of arson in schools.
They have also been advised to ensure all combustible items are kept away from pupils, not forgetting to conduct fire risk assessments regularly.