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The Guardian, Dar es Salaam, 9 September 2004
Kahororo students go on the rampage
By Guardian Correspondent
Kahororo Secondary School students rioted on
Tuesday, beating up their teachers and prefects and damaging
The students went on the rampage to protest what they said was
the "brutality" of a senior prefect who had the support
of the school's administration.
They said the prefect (name supplied) was "too
powerful" and had been authorised to mete out corporal
punishment on fellow students.
"This guy has been allowed to administer up to five strokes
of the cane.
This is unacceptable and we want to make this amply
clear -- this is just about the only school in Tanzania where a
prefect is allowed to discipline his fellow students," one
The rioting lasted for five hours before riot police were called
in to quell the violence.
Trouble started after the prefect allegedly caned a Form Two
The students went on the rampage after their demand that the
administration take punitive measures against the prefect
apparently fell on deaf ears.
Teachers and prefects were attacked and windows smashed in the
Kagera Regional Police Commander Ignas Mbinga confirmed that
there was an outbreak of violence at the school and blamed the
disturbance on a "few misguided hooligans".
The school's acting headmaster, John Rugema, said the
administration was conducting investigations aimed at
establishing who were behind the rioting.
"We want to know who took part in the disturbance so that
appropriate disciplinary measures can be taken against
them," he said.
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