Police have launched an investigation into the cause of the fire outbreak that ravaged the main building of Makerere University, one of the oldest and most prestigious Universities in Africa
According to Police, the fire which broke out in the wee hours of Sunday is believed to have started from the roof spreading to floors that house both records and finance departments.
Besides the office Prof Nawangwe and other administrative offices, the building holds student records. The basement is full of archive files spanning the whole history of the institution.
The University Vice-Chancellor, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe in a tweet said that they will “restore the building to its historic state in the shortest time possible.”
Public reacts to the outbreak
‘ ‘Shs 8bn financial scandal at @MakerereU , then the fire breaks out from the side where investigators of the financial impropriety had keen interest.We now have to spend a lot more on the reconstruction. Uganda!’’ tweeted journalist Sadab Kitatta
First son Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba said the tragedy is ‘’unacceptable’’
‘ ‘This is a tragedy and it’s unacceptable. I hope the relevant authorities quickly establish whether this was an accident or foul play. I am confident we can rebuild our building soon.’’ He tweeted.
This is a tragedy and it's unacceptable. I hope the relevant authorities quickly establish whether this was an accident or foul play. I am confident we can rebuild our building soon. pic.twitter.com/iLgwlRd5b1
— Muhoozi Kainerugaba (@mkainerugaba) September 20, 2020
Another Journalist is concerned that the vice chancellor is concentrating on replacing the historic building as opposed to first finding the cause of the fire
‘‘Prof. Nawangwe looks more bent on restoring the gutted tower than investigating the cause of the fire. Just watched him in an interview. He’s quick to call it an accident.’’ Simon Kagwa Njala observed
Adonia Ayebare, Uganda’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations had this to say, ‘ ‘Sad Day for My Almuni Makerere University Kampala as the Iconic Main building burns. The University has educated famous personalities such as former Presidents Nyerere and Mkapa of TZ (RIP), former President of Kenya Mwai Kibaki and others.’’
— Makerere University (@MakerereU) September 20, 2020