At least 50 students in Mbale Municipality have been hospitalised and 30 arrested after fight that broke out between Mbale Secondary school and Mbale High school over a botched love affair.
One of the students admitted at Mbale referral hospital says the fight started after a student of Mbale SS attacked a student of Mbale high school, accusing him of falling in love with his long-time girlfriend.
The Elgon region police Spokesperson, Mr Robert Tukei confirmed the incident but dismissed the allegations that students were hospitalised because of inhaling teargas.
“I can confirm that 30 have been arrested over inciting violence and they will be charged accordingly,” he said.
The suspects are currently detained at Mbale central police station. He said they have started investigation to find out the root cause of the fight.
Mr Stephen Wambalo, the Head teacher Mbale High School, said the admitted students inhaled teargas, which left them unconscious before they collapsed.
“When police intervened, it fired teargas, which left many of students screaming for help as they were choking,” he said.MPL