Police has heavily deployed at St. Bernard SS Manya in Kifampa Sub County in the newly created Kyotera district to man down any possible protests and violence that could be staged by angry students, parents and community members following the deaths of several learners.
Security team led by Minister of Security Gen. Elly Tumwine, Director General of Internal Organisation (ISO) Col. Kaka Bagyenda have paid a courtesy visit at school to grieve with community and establish the conclusive cause of the fire that gutted S.3 dormitory.
“Over 10 students of St. Bernard SS Manya are feared to have perished after their dormitory was set ablaze, over 50 students are nursing severe injuries in various health facilities in greater Masaka region,” Gen. Tumwine confirmed.
He said the fire started at midnight however, police and the community managed to put it down. He said reports indicate that some expelled S.4 students could have returned in the wee hours of the night and torched the dormitory.
According headteacher of the school, John Baptist Ssemwanga, the school is in a somber mood up to 108 senior six candidates are sitting for their final examinations at the same centre.
Police has linked the incident to the four suspended students that they might have comeback, locked students in the dormitory and torched it. Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango, has confirmed that dormitory guard and four students have been arrested to aid them in the investigations.
This the second of the tragic fire with many causalities second to Buddo junior school that killed over 15 pupils. Since then, the cause has not been established the report has not been compiled and it is a similar scenario on markets.