By Candia Stephen
Arua-Anti-riot police of Arua have fired tear gas and live bullets to disperse rowdy students during the district post primary athletics final competitions held at Muni University play grounds.
Chaos erupted at 4:00 pm today after students of St. Joseph’s college Ombaci and Arua Public secondary school protested the declaration of Mvara SS as the overall winner.
Mvara SS, which emerged the best secondary school in the district post primary athletics competitions was barred from receiving the trophy by rowdy students of Ombaci and Arua Public, who started throwing stones at them and the officials.
The actions of the rowdy students forced anti-riot police that started monitoring the event since Thursday to fire tear gas and live bullets, scattering the huge crowd that had besieged the University play grounds into disarray.
The school bus of Mvara Secondary school has been vandalized by the students and is now packed for custody at Arua central police station. It has become a tradition for students to cause chaos and vandalize buses in the past five years.
Thousands of students and spectators were forced to flee for their dear lives in to Barifa forest while others dashed to the nearby stream to reduce the chocking effect of the tear gas.
However after more than 30 minutes of battle between the police and the rowdy crowd, the trophy was hurriedly handed over to Mvara SS and the competitions were unceremoniously brought to an end.
Several children who went to witness the finals got lost as each one found their own way from the University grounds.
The competitions were shifted to Muni University play grounds after it was revealed that Barifa sports ground is often used by the students and members of the public to engage in immoral behaviours in the forest.
Last term, post primary school ball game finals between Arua SS and Nile High SS Odianyadri ended in chaos after fighting broke out, forcing the anti-riot police to disperse the crowd in a similar way.