KAMPALA (@UG_EDGE) – Soldiers from the national army on Monday took over Guardian Primary School in Jinja Municipality and drove out parents, teachers and pupils.
A stampede broke out when UPDF officers stormed the school unannounced and ordered all pupils and teachers to vacate the school premises.
Some of the parents who were taking their children to school were severely whipped by heavily armed soldiers led by Col Patrick Kihuta.
UPDF claims ownership of the land in Kimaka, a Jinja town suburb where the school is located although there is a court injunction restraining them from eviction.
The army says the disputed land belongs to Uganda Senior Command and Staff College (USCSC), a training facility established in 2013 for senior commanders.
The director of the school, James Mulawa, had mobilised parents and pupils to forcefully enter the school.
Soldiers responded by beating and driving them away. The soldiers also beat a Bukedde TV Ivan Lubega and arrested the school director.
According to Lt. Amos Nsamba, the UPDF spokesperson in Jinja, the army had given the director of the school enough time to vacate the said land.