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Residents of Bunambutye sub county in Bulambuli district have protested relocation of a seed school.

The residents put barricades and burnt tyers on the road in a bid to block an intended site handover ceremony which was scheduled to take place on Friday 17th.

Police fired teargas and live bullets to disperse the rowdy mob paralyzing traffic along Muyembe-Namalu road for close to an hour.

The handover ceremony was suspended.

All this occurred on yesterday after residents of Nunambutye sub county poured into the streets to protest the alleged relocation of a seed school meant for their subcounty.

The community accuses the district authorities of transferring a seed school meant for Bunambutye Sub County to newly created Bumufuni sub county contrary to the directive from the Ministry of Education and Sports.

The residents errected barricades and burnt tyers on the road, paralyzing traffic along Muyembe-Namalu road for one hour. The incident happened amidst a planned site handover function.

Police fired teargas and live bullets to disperse the rowdy mob and clear the road.

According to the protestors, the coming of the new seed school would have given the community a sigh of relief by reducing the long distance students have to trek. Presently students walk at least 8km to the nearby secondary school in Nabongo subcounty.

Some of the parents note that many of their children have been defiled, raped and other impregnated by the boda boda riders under the guise of giving them free rides.

Bulambuli Rdc, Pex Paak says the location of the school has been maintained as per the ministry’s directive.

He blames the protest on the community misunderstanding what the new administrative boundaries following the split of Bumufuni sub county from Bunambutye mean.

He further attributes the standoff to the undue incitement by local leaders.

A meeting has been scheduled between the community and district leaders to resolve the stalemate.

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