By Our Reporter

HOIMA:  Mandela Secondary School Main Campus in Hoima City has been closed following a violent students strike.

The students went on strike this morning following the confiscation of a mobile phone by the school administration that they were using in the dormitory.

According to Moses Muhumuza, the schools neighbour, the irritated had wanted to strike on Wednesday night but the strike was foiled by the police.

‘’The school was sealed off by security, after the situation normalized, they left the school premises,’’ he explained.

Muhumuza however said that the students resumed their plan at 5am on Thursday destroying a number of property including the perimeter wall fence, windows and many others before the police intervened.

‘’The strike stopped at 6am after the intervention of the police. They also wanted to destroy the neighbours’ properties but they were overpowered,’’ Muhumuza explained.

Nzigu Francis, the School Principal explains that they have decided to close the school and sent the students home for two weeks after destroying most of the school property.

‘’We have temporarily closed our main campus, and students have been sent home for two weeks since most of the properties have been vandalized,’’ Nzigu added.

He blames the students’ action on the effects of Corona lockdown that he says effected their discipline.

ASP Julius Allan Hakiza, the Albertine Region Police Spokesperson confirmed the reports saying the situation has been contained by the police that has also taken control of the school.

The police mouthpiece told that no student was injured or arrested in the strike and they are yet to meet the school administration and the students over the matter.

The police officer advised the students to always explore peaceful means of resolving their grievances with their school administrations instead of using violence.

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