Dr. Rugyendo denies accusations of being a dictator, saying the workers are only are uncomfortable with the strict implementation of new policies.
This is not the first time workers at Bishop Barham University College Kabale are resigning citing poor working conditions. In September 2016, eight workers resigned accusing Dr. Rugyendo of using abusive language, scrapping off examination allowances and failure to renew their contracts among other reasons.
According to Arinaitwe, they were shocked when they received a phone call from one of the residents, notifying them that Mugisha had been killed.
Sabitti Kenneth Baabo, the Kabale District Education Officer has condemned the incident and called upon security agencies to ensure the assailants are apprehended and prosecuted.
Head teachers of all government aided schools in Kabale District have been directed to explain the poor performance of candidates in the 2016 Primary Leaving Examinations.
According to results released last month by the Uganda National Examinations Board, only 334 candidates out of a total of 5,519 candidates obtained division one. Another 2018 students obtained division two, 1314 obtained division three.
The results further indicate that 502 students obtained division four while 153 failed the examinations. In addition, 81 out of 152 primary schools in the District, failed to register any single candidate in division one.
The most disturbing results were from Musamba primary school in Rubaya Sub County where, 17 out of the 23 candidates were ungraded, four obtained fourth grade, and only two attained grade two.
Now authorities have tasked head teachers in whose schools failed to register impressive results to explain the cause of the poor performance.
Kabale Chief Administrative Officer Abert Matsiko Mutungwire says that every primary school in the district was capable of recording more than four candidates in division one. To his dismay, many of the schools struggled to excel adding that head teachers need to take full responsibility for the decline in performance.
Mutungwiire says that authorities will use the reports from head teachers as a basis for future action to redeem the education sector and improve performance of students. He adds that some head teachers could be severely punished if it turns out that they failed to play their part. Such punishment could include demotions, among others.
Kabale District Chairperson Patrick Besigye Keihwa says that education authorities will table the reports and apology letters written by head teachers before education stakeholders and District Service Commission for discussion.
Kabale District Education Officer Sabiiti Kenneth Baabo says that the head teachers whose schools performed poorly yet they have a record of absenteeism will not survive the demotion.
There is heavy anti-riot police deployment at Kigezi College Butobere in Central Division in Kabale Municipality to avert another student’s strike and interclass clashes. Trouble started on Monday evening when senior two, three, five and six students rejected supper, saying it was of poor quality.
The students also declined to go for preps. Collins Tushabe, a senior two student, says they are tired of eating poor quality posho. According to Tushabe, their pleas to the school administration to change the quality of meals served to students hasn’t yielded results.
During the ensuing chaos, senior three students also ganged up against their senior four colleagues accusing them of indiscipline. Paul Muhwezi, a senior three student, says they used the chance to mobilise and revenge against the senior four candidates for mistreating them throughout the year.
Joab Mwebesa, a senior six candidate told URN this morning that he saw senior four candidates collecting stones, which they later hurled at their school mates leading to clashes.
It took the intervention of anti-riot police to disperse the two parties. Joseph Twiine Muganga, the Head Teacher Kigezi College Butobere, says they were forced to alert police when the situation spiraled out of control.
He says they don’t have any alternative for meals apart from serving the available posho.
Ely Maate, the Kigezi Region Police Spokesperson, says police will maintain presence at the school until the situation normalizes.
By the time of filling this story several students were seen loitering around the school compound amidst heavy police deployment as their senior four colleagues were writing their Computer exams.
The dairies were closed on Friday in a joint operation involving officials from Dairy Development Authority, Kabale District Veterinary Officer and Police.
The affected dairies include Kabale Tukore Dairy, Kigezi Dairy Cooperative Society, Rwakaraba Fresh Milk Center, Ambroze Fresh Dairy, Namanya Fresh Dairies, Babasa Dairy, Lords Mercy Diary, Sheilah Dairy, Zack Diary, Hleb Dairy, Asiimwe Fresh Milk and Trustable Dairy.
The dairies were found operating in unhygienic places and unregistered premises. The workers of the diaries were also found working without uniforms, protective gear and health certificates.
Steven Aikiriza, the Coordinator Dairy Development Authority South Western Region, says that he was shocked to find that 80 percent of the dairies in Kabale Municipality were selling adulterated milk, which exposes consumers to the risk of catching diseases.
He says only Beatrice Dairy Farm-BDF and Honest dairies fulfilled the operational requirements. Aikiriza says they have ordered the proprietors of the closed dairies to report to police to make their statements, saying they will appear before court.
An employee of Kigezi Dairy Cooperative Society, who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity, blames farmers for supplying them with adulterated milk mixed with water.
He explains that at times they don’t check the milk supplied by the farmers.
By Wasswa Deo
Government Health care workers in Kabale district have turned up in big numbers at Kabale regional referral hospital to attend three day training on strengthening palliative care services through a campaign dubbed as hospital free pain initiative.
The training organized by Uganda Palliative Care Association and ministry of health aims at equipping health workers with best skills and knowledge to identified patients in pain and manages them.
According to Rose Kiwanuka, the country director Uganda palliative care association, through hospital free pain initiative campaign, they are targeting to train all health workers in all 14 regional referrals in an effort to extend palliative care services to patients suffering from life threatening illness.
There is heavy deployment in Kabale town as five opposition leaders led by former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye return to court to answer charges of inciting violence.
Besigye is charged alongside Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, Rukungiri Municipality MP Roland Kaginda, FDC women league chairperson Ingrid Turinawe, Mubarak Munyagwa, the Kawempe South MP and the Western Regional Forum for Democratic party Chairperson, Imam Makumbi.
The political leaders are charged with inciting violence at a rally in Kabale Municipality stadium in 2012. Prosecution says that four police officers were injured and three police vehicles vandalized in the melee. Today the government is expected to present its third witness to pin the politicians before Kabale Grade One Magistrate Raphael Vueni.
Security is heightened within the municipality, with several patrol vehicles and water cannons stationed along major roads in Kabale municipality. Deployment is visible at Butobere junction, Makanga road, Bugongi Junction and Kabale Garage Street among others.
Several police officers are also posted near FDC party offices at Humura House along the Kabale – Katuna road.
But Leopold Twesigye, a member of the Forum for Democratic change told URN that police is trying to instill fear among the FDC supporters who would like to show solidarity to their leaders. He however says that this will not stop people from turning up in large numbers.
Kigezi regional Police spokesperson Elly Maate told our reporter the police deployment is intended at protecting people and their property.
Police in Kabale district have arrested a student of Kigata High school for allegedly killing his grandfather over a land wrangle.
Peter Rukundo, (20) a senior five student, is alleged to have murdered Daniel Munanura (78) of Rushambya village in Kanjobe parish Kyanamira Sub County in Kabale district.
The suspect reportedly waylaid his grandfather on Sunday night as he was leaving the bar and hit him with a club. He accused him of trying to repossess land which he had given to their late father.
Rukundo says his grandfather has for long threatened to kill him and his siblings if at all they blocked him from selling the land in question.
James Aryaija, a neighbor to the two families says the suspects family has not been in terms with the deceased since he made it public that he wanted to repossess the land.
Kigezi Regional Police Spokesperson Elly Maate told Uganda Radio Network that the police have picked the student and is being held at Kabale central Police station.
By Robert Ssegawa
Three Rwandese nationals were killed in the South Western district of Kabale as they attempted to break into a shop.
Allen Bamboliki, Moses Ndimubazi , and Alexander Munyakinde , all from Nyakagalama village Rukomwa parish in Rwanda were apprehended and lynched by angry residents.
The incident happened last night in Mukokye trading centre in Kahondo parish Kigezi region. Spokesperson Elly Matte says the three entered Uganda Sunday night and adds that police is investing the matter.