Polly Muyambi, the Mbarara District chairperson of Uganda National Teacher’s Union-UNATU is in trouble.
Muyambi was picked up by Police On Monday afternoon over accusations of closing a government school.
Jafari Magezi, the acting Mbarara District Police Commander says they arrested Muyambi from his home in Nyakayojo Sub County on a tip off from teachers at Ngarama primary school in Rwampara County where he works as head teacher.
Magezi says Muyambi used his position as the UNATU branch chairperson to close a Government school and dismiss both teachers and pupils, which is against his mandate.
He says they had initially opened charges of insubordination against the UNATU boss but dropped them.
Magezi says they are not opposed to the ongoing teacher’s strike but they want to discipline individual teachers who are taking advantage of the industrial action to break the law.
However, some teachers interviewed by URN say the arrest will not deter them from continuing with their nationwide strike that started on Monday last week.
James Boroba and Milton Tumwesigye, the head teachers Rugarama II primary school and Kigaga primary school respectively say they will not bow down because of the arrest of their colleague.
They argue that the arrest of Muyambi infringes on their right to expression.
James Tweheyo, the General Secretary Uganda National Teacher’s Union says they are considering suing Nickson Kabuye, the Mbarara Resident District Commissioner for ordering the arrest of Muyambi from his home.
Kabuye says he warned Muyambi several times not to force head teachers to close schools and force children back home in vain.
He says despite the strike, teachers are expected to leave government aided schools open.