Teachers storm police after chairperson is arrested

Ugandan primary school teachers demonstrate for pay rise in Kampala.

Ugandan primary school teachers hold banners and shout slogans during a demonstration


The chairperson for Uganda National Teachers Union-UNATU in Kabale Zadock Tumuhimbise has been arrested.

Tumuhimbise, also the Head teacher for Nyeikunama Primary School in Muhanga Town Council is accused of inciting teachers in the District to join the ongoing national teachers strike.

Teachers laid down their tools of work at the beginning of the second school term on Monday, to compel government to implement a 10 percent pay rise pledge in their salaries.

Tumuhimbise was arrested by plain clothed detectives from his home in Nyabikoni ward in Kabale Central Division in Kabale municipality on Friday and held at Kabale Central Police station.

The acting Kabale District Police Commander Augustine Nakitari says that they are implementing an order from the Office of the Resident District commissioner.

Speaking to our reporter on phone, the Kabale Deputy Resident District Commissioner, Moses Nuwagaba   said that Tumuhimbise acted against the law when he closed the school premises prompting primary six and seven pupils to study from the nearby church.

The arrest of the chairperson brings to two; the number of teachers arrested in the ongoing strike.

Moses Kakiza who is also a teacher at Nyeikunama primary School was arrested on Monday on the orders of the Kabale resident District Commissioner Moses Niwagaba before being released on bond the next day.

UNATU National Labour relations office Philbert Baguma Faults the Deputy resident District Commissioner for what he refers to as intimidation.

Baguma says that the law allows teachers are their union to participate in an industrial action and wonders why the law should be misused to trample on People’s rights.

Teachers storm police station

Hundreds of teachers in response stormed Kabale Central Police station to demand for the release of Zadock.

On Saturday afternoon, hundreds of teachers stormed the Police station demanding for the release of the arrested teacher, a move that yielded no result.

The teachers are also demanding for the immediate transfer of Kabale Resident District Commissioner Darius Nandiida and his deputy Moses Nuwagaba.

They accuse the two of intimidating teachers and interfering with their activities.

Andrew Basensa, the Kabale district UNATU treasurer says that the office of the RDC has been misused to trample upon the rights of the teachers and other civil servants.

However, the teacher was later released following the intervention of David Bahati, the state Minister for planning who described the arrest as unfortunate.

The teachers strike has also taken a new twist with the teachers changing their mind on a decision that had been taken to resume teaching on Monday.

The teachers now say that they will not open schools in protest of the decision to arrest their Chairperson.


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