By Ronaldo Kalangi
The first lady who doubles as minister of Education and Sports mama Janet Kataha Museveni has assured parents that security agencies will arrest arsonists who burnt eleven students of St Bernard Secondary School, Manya in Rakai District on Monday.
While speaking to mourning Rakai District parents, Maama Janet who was in the company of security Minister Gen Elly Tumwine and Director General of ISO Kaka Bagyenda revealed that authorities had already started gathering information on those who were behind such heinous act.
“On behalf of President Museveni, the Ministry of Education and on my own behalf, I wish to express my heartfelt condolences to the parents who lost their children in last night’s fire at St. Bernard-Manya SS in Rakai District.
It is our responsibility as government to search and find the people who did this, so that they be judged accordingly; and we shall do it.
In the meantime, I understand that there are some students who had been dismissed from the school for misbehaving and they are suspected to have a hand in this incident. I implore members of the community to guide such children so that we do not raise children who are insensitive and self-cantered. The President sent a humble contribution to the families of the deceased.
We shall also support the families whose children are in hospital because of this tragedy. May the Lord comfort you all in such a difficult time,”she said.
Rose Nalubowa, a member of the St Benard board of governors blamed the incident on some undisciplined students who had been chased out of the dormitories.
There have been some cases of indiscipline among some students and management recently chased them from the dormitories and ordered them to study while coming from their homes. We hear they instead rented rooms in Manya Town.