Uganda: Headmaster, Director, 18 Suspected ADF Collaborators Arrested Over Kasese School Attack

A total of 20 people including the headmaster and director have been arrested following the attack by suspected ADF rebels on Lhubirira Secondary School in Mpondwe on Friday night leaving at least 40 students dead.

The attack saw a group of suspected ADF fighters raid the school at night before firing indiscriminately into the girls’ dormitory but also throwing a bomb into the boys’ dormitory.

Updating the country on Monday about the attack, Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga said as part of the investigations, security has arrested 20 people for questioning.

“At least 20 people of suspected ADF collaborators have been arrested but we also have apprehended the head teacher and director of school as part of our inquiries to give us answers to certain questions,” Enanga said.

The arrest of suspected collaborators follows reports by the UPDF Mountain Division Commander, Gen Dick Olum that the attackers had spent two days in the area prior to the attack and that they could have been helped out by some of the locals.

He also noted that the attackers could have been helped by locals to carry out reconnaissance and identifying their target by getting prior knowledge of the geography of the school.

“They knew where the girls sleep and where the boys sleep, they burn the boys and hacked the girls,” he said.

Maj Gen Olum wondered why the locals were not vigilant enough to see that some new members have come to the community, he called upon residents to open their eyes for any new members in the community and report such.

The First Lady who also doubles as the Education Minister, Janet Kataaha Museveni in a press briefing on Saturday said the school could have been attacked by people hired by rivals claiming ownership of the school.