By Mulengera Reporters
Students from the Uganda Hotel and Tourism Training Institute-UHTTI in Jinja, on Tuesday, protested over insecurity and poor sanitary facilities. The demonstration paralyzed traffic near the school, prompting police to deploy field force police unit personnel, who quelled the protest.
According to the students, there is one security guard deployed at each of the three hostels located along Magwa Road and Jackson Crescent respectively, putting their lives at risk. They say that 17 students have sustained injuries in the past month after being attacked by suspected gangs in the past month.
Ronnie Mutengu, a student says that the flush toilets and bathrooms at the boys’ hostel have since broken down. He blames the management of the institute for failing to address the concerns of the students.
Michael Mukisa, a student says that five suspected machete-wielding thieves attacked the boys’ hostel on Monday night and stole 11 mobile phones and five laptops. He stresses that their hostel premises are not fenced giving access to thugs.
Rhoda Babirye, a student in the hospitality department says that they were forced to demonstrate after the administrators turned deaf ears to their grievances.
Raymond Musasizi, another student says that the school is supposed to provide a vehicle to transport students to their hostels at night, but they are left to walk putting their lives in danger.
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The school’s Deputy Principal, Steven Kaneene says that the number of students has since doubled from 350 to 740 following the lockdown period, which is frustrating their planning processes. He however says that efforts of handling the grievances are ongoing.
The Kiira Region Police Spokesperson, James Mubi says that a meeting between security personnel, student leaders and school administrators will be held to amicably solve the matter-URN. (For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994 [whatsapp line], 0779411734, 0200900416 or email us email@example.com).