Monday June 9 2014

Students petition district leadership over head’s conduct

Mr Tabaro (L) addresses students at the Bushenyi District headquarters on Friday.

Mr Tabaro (L) addresses students at the Bushenyi District headquarters on Friday. PHOTO BY Zadock Amanyisa. 



Students of Bumbaire Technical Institute in Bushenyi District on Friday demonstrated against the principal, accusing him of corruption.

Students carrying placards and posters made a procession to Bushenyi District headquarters demanding that authorities handle their issue with immediate effect.

The students led by the guild president, Mr Duncan Azairwe, stormed the district offices seeking help from the district leadership, including the RDC, District Education Officer and the district chairperson.

In a four-page petition, the students allege that the institution’s administration headed by Mr Eddy Turyatemba is incompetent, corrupt and is mismanaging the institutions affairs.

According to the petition, the institute received Shs50m from government to purchase equipment for conducting practical studies. However, the process was sabotaged by the principal who allegedly refused to sign for the funds after the bursar declined to offer a bribe of Shs7m.

However, Mr Turyatemba dismissed the allegations, saying the equipment had been purchased and no such claims had been raised to his office.

Deputy RDC Richard Tabaro said they had conducted an audit into the matter after students in 2013 raised similar claims, but the report is yet to be officially released.

The district chairperson, Mr Willis Bashasha, said they would not accept misuse of government funds, adding he would launch an investigation into the matter.