14 December 2018

Uganda: Rakai School Fire Suspects Remanded Again

Kampala — Grade One Magistrate in Masaka yesterday further remanded suspects in the dormitory fire that killed 10 students at St Bernard's Secondary School in Mannya in Rakai district.

It is alleged that four students: Halen Taremwa, Elias Edgon, Dickson Kisuule, Alex Junior Mugerwa and two security guards Michael Tayebwa and Steven Nzeyimana set ablaze the Senior Three dormitory on November 11.

The magistrate, Mr Tindyebwa Adyeri, adjourned the case and further remanded the suspects after the state prosecutor, Ms Aminah Akasa, told court that investigations into the case were still ongoing.

The former students are charged with 51 counts which include murder, attempted murder, arson and malicious damage to property. The guards are charged with neglect of duty.

Mr Moses Mujumbi, the father of suspect Kisuule, said he expected court to grant his son bail since the investigations had not been completed.

The suspects will again reappear in court on January 10.

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