What appeared to be a simple row sparked off by the principal’s decision to block students’ access to DSTV programs has ended with a delinquent learner allegedly setting alight the school dormitory.
The arson happened at Masaka Secondary School, one of the best performing schools in Masaka district.
This website understands how the row has been growing after the principal, a one Hajj Musa Mukasa Mpungu refused to switch on the DSTV programs.
Actually, this case of arson is reportedly the second to happen at Masaka SS over the issue of the DSTV ban. A similar incident had been planned earlier by students, to burn 200 students but was reportedly foiled by the administrators.
A student, Shafiq Bugembe is cooling off in police cells in Masaka. Bugembe is alleged to be the arsonist who set the dormitory on fire.
This website establishes that Bugembe sneaked a bottle containing petrol into the school and later used the lubricant to set the dormitory on fire. None of the students died in the accident.
But he is telling the police how another student gave him the bottle and he took it without knowing its contents and that fire from other sources got into contact with the petrol.
Speaking on the accident, the school’s PTA chairman one Jamil Miwanda confirmed the existence of the row between the students’ community and the principal to which the arson is traced.
“The students complained about the issue and we tried to advise the principal to restore the DSTV and restrain the students from spending many hours watching the programs, but he has been adamant,” Miwanda remarks.
Miwanda says the current students backed by the old boys and girls as well as by majority of parents have been calling upon the Masaka district education authorities to transfer Mpungu to another school in order in order to foil accidents such as the instant one.
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Miwanda couldn’t give the financial loss that the arson has wrought both on the school and the students community at large.
But Mpungu has been denying being the biggest contributory factor to the arson.
“I switched off the DSTV because the students were devoting long periods of time watching soccer, movies and other programs and the same were leading to a drop in performance,” he remarks.