Thursday May 1 2014

School remains closed 2 months after killing of founder

By Hudson Apunyo

Oyam- A government-aided primary school in Oyam District has remained closed more than two months after the killing of its founder over a land dispute.

On February 20, a group of parents at Wanglobo Primary School attacked Kenny Charles, a UPDF veteran and NRM mobiliser, killing him and setting his body ablaze over allegations that he wanted to repossess the school land. His homestead, comprising seven huts, was also set ablaze.

Police swung into action, arresting more than seven people in connection with the incident. Fearing arrest, most staff at the school fled, prompting the school to close.
With schools opening for the second term on May 19, the future of more than 900 pupils at the school is uncertain.

The District Education Officer, Mr Norman Okello, told the Daily Monitor recently that efforts to reopen the school have not yielded fruit.

“This is more of security issue than an education one,” Mr Okello said by telephone.
He said he tried to convene a meeting at the school but was advised by the police against the move. He said the regional CIID officer, Mr Lawrence Ebwocu, advised that the meeting should be convened outside the school compound.

“We are concerned with what is happening at the school. Pupils have missed a lot,” Mr Okello said.

Mr Okello said they are in the final stages of sending another head teacher to the school.
District CIID officer Osele Shaphano said the case file has been taken to the regional headquarters. “There are many challenges (in handling the case). You can also share with the regional CIID officer,” he said.