Arsonists Set Rwandan School On Fire For Third Time

cialis 40mg information pills geneva;”>This makes it the third time the institution is being razed down by fire in one term.

The first fire occurred on April 23, 2013 leaving the O’Level boys’ dormitory burnt to ashes.

Students were sent home for two weeks as the school reconstructed the building. Eight days after they were back, there was another fire on May 20.

Francois Xavier Mbabazi, Mayor of Ruhango District told Chimpreports on Monday morning that the fire gutted the dormitory on Sunday at around 11:00am.

The dormitory is located in the middle of the school, nearer to the sports grounds. It left students’ property such as mattresses, baskets, clothes, bags and other school property like beds destroyed.


“By the time the fire gutted the building, students had gone to the sports ground to attend the secondary school sports tournament,” said Mbabazi.

“The cause of fire is still unknown but investigations are going on as we wait on the police investigation report. But still, the fire was not caused by an electricity circuit as we were thinking. There must be someone behind this.”

Meanwhile, students who were preparing for their National examinations are worried the incident will affect their results.

Robben Bahati, 15, a senior three student and victim of the fire said, “We worry most about how we will perform in the National test due this November.”

The O-level dormitory that recently caught fire

“This is going to affect us because our notebooks of previous years have been burnt, and we do not have enough time to take more notes. We are not sure if we will succeed as we would have without the fires happening,” said Robben.

The Rwanda Ministry of Education has decided to send the A- Level students home for one week pending investigations.

However, some parents argue that all students should be sent home until the school and security agents find out the exact cause of the fires and also offer durable solution to it.

The decision of sending the students back home was taken in a meeting held after the incident, with the Minister of Education, Dr Vincent Biruta, the school authorities and police.

“We decided to send these students back home in order to find them where they can be sleeping as we reconstruct the burnt building,” said Dr Vincent Biruta.

The Southern Province police spokesperson, Chief Superintendent, Hubert Gashagaza, said police are currently investigating the cause of the fire.

“May be it is an accident, or someone is behind this, we don’t know yet. But we promise to find out the real cause of the fires,” he said.

The destroyed dormitory holds about 320 students. The last two incidents gutted dormitories of students in Ordinary level.

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