Masindi Grade 1 magistrate Irene Aber has declined to grant bail to the threestudents ofKabalega secondary school who were caught stealing desks and other school properties.
They are: LastonBamugonze, DerrickMusiime and Earnest Tuhaiseall senior four students.
The trio was arrested one monthback after they were caught selling the school’s metallic desks valued in millions of shillings to scrap material dealers in Kijura south cell in central division, Masindi municipality, Masindi district.
The students were arrested along with GutiJaliru and AbudulWasswa, both scrap material dealers in Kijura cell who had reportedly bought the desks from them.
GutiJalirua scrap dealer who had been given bail was also re- arrested after he failed to cooperate with court. The students were denied bail due to the absence of the state attorney AthertonKukundakwe.
The students were further remanded until 19th September 2019 when they will appear in court again.This is the fourth time the trio is being remanded.
Appearing before the magistrate on Tuesday this week, Andrew Tumwesige, the head teacher, Kabalega secondary school explained that students stole 70 metalic desks from the school which were donated by African Development Bank (ADB).
He added that when the students led them to the scrap dealers they also recovered six beds and water pipes all belonging to Kabalega SS.
Tumwesige also said that the cost of repairing each desk is UGx 150,000 shillings explaining that repairing the 70 desks will cost UGx 10.6 million something he said is costly to the school.
The magistrate advised the parents to ensure that they sit with the school management and ensure that the desks are repaired noting that the offense their children committed attracts a punishment of 10 years in prison something she said can spoil the children’s future. She had instructed them by Thursday of this week to have reached a consensus.
Speaking to journalists today at court premises, Ronald Murungi the school’s counsel noted that the meeting which sat between the school management, scrap dealers and the parents didn’t yield any fruit explaining that the scrap dealers wants only to repair the fence and also pay one million which the school management and the parents disagreed with.
According to Murungi they are going to sit again within two weeks until they reach a consensus.