Teachers petition Museveni to sack Kabale RDCs


Museveni at Makerere university over the weekend


Leaders of the Uganda National Teachers Union in Southwestern Ugandan petition President Yoweri Museveni over the conduct of Kabale district Resident District Commissioners.

They say the President needs to call his representatives back to order.

The teachers claim that the office of the RDC has been misused to intimidate teachers to abandon the ongoing strike.

Teachers started the strike at the beginning of the second school term to compel government to implement a 10 percent pay rise pledge on their salaries.

The leaders from the districts of Kabale, Kisoro, Rukungiri, Ntungamo, Mbarara, Bushenyi, Isingiro, Kiruhura and Rubirizi among others held a crisis meeting on Sunday to forge a way forward.

They are part of the group of teachers who stormed Kabale Central Police station to demand for the release of their colleague Zadock Tumuhimbise, the UNATU chairperson for Kabale District who had been detained on the orders of the office of the resident District Commissioner.

Tumuhimbise was accused of inciting teachers in the District to join the ongoing national teachers strike. He was arrested from his home in Nyabikoni ward in Kabale Central Division.

Joseph Niwabine, the Rukungiri Municipality UNATU Chairperson told Uganda Radio network that the manner in which their chairperson was arrested was unlawful.

He added that they are now collecting signatures from all teachers and well-wishers to petition the office of the President.

Gideon Kabangizi, the UNATU chairperson for Ntungamo district says that the union will not tolerate intimidation.

Jovinta Bananukire, the chairperson UNATU Isingiro Branch says that the teachers will collect Signatures from all their members in southwestern Uganda to draw the attention of the president to their complaints against office of the RDC.

They want the commissioner dismissed.

Moses Niwagaba the Kabale Deputy Resident District commissioner who ordered the arrest of the chairperson UNATU Kabale Zadock Tumuhimbise and another Teacher Moses Kakiza all attached to Nyeikunama Primary school could not be reached for a comment as he repeatedly turned off calls to his known contacts.


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