- Two people have so far been arrested by the police following a tip off by the residents
- The teacher points to the land wrangles between the school and the community that could have led to the burning of his house
- Other teachers now feel insecure to stay in the quarters because of insecurity
By Metedio Iceta
Moyo- Unknown persons in Lama Village in Moyo Sub-county, Moyo district have set ablaze one of house belonging to a teacher at Lama School.
Mr Athanasius Koma, the affected teacher said the house was burnt after he had left for his village over the weekend for some work.
“This story has been a long time in this primary school due to issues of land conflict with the neighborhood. Last year I planted ground nut with cassava including maize some of crops were cut down by unknown persons and a dead bird was placed in my garden. I suspect this might be the same person doing this,” Mr Koma said.
He said: “All my documents got burnt in the house with all my personally belongings including that of the school. My family will suffer because the food items harvested burnt and many other house items.”
Speaking to West Nile Press Online, Mr George Koma Banda, the head teacher Lama primary school said the nearby community members came into the rescue of the school by putting off the fire but they managed to recover few items.
“The only property recovered from the house were four plastic chairs, half bag of ground nut and other items and these were removed through the wall after demolishing. We are deeply affected because as I talk Lama primary school is under staff and again this incident happens.”
Mr Joseph Mawadri, the Chairman School Management Committee (SMC) for Lama Primary School said the parents are going to have emergency meeting with school administration and other stakeholders to find out solution to the matter.
“We have scheduled for a meeting on Wednesday help to handle the welfare of the affected teacher. I appealed to parents to contribute materials and financial support to the teacher meanwhile we look for other ways out,” Mr Mawadri said.
Mr Ingenious Dragudu, the Moyo district Community Liaison officer told in an interview that two people have so far been arrested.
“We are still investigating the matter and anyone found guilty face the law because we need our teachers to be secure so that they can teach our children well,” Mr Dragudu said.