Makerere Fundraises to Rebuild Ivory Tower

Makerere University has kicked off a fundraising campaign with hope to raise enough money to rebuild its main building which was burnt down by fire last month.

The building was razed down by back to back fires on 20th and 21st September.

The cause of the fires is still being investigated by police and sister agencies.

Speaking today at the launch of the fundraiser, Makerere Vice Chancellor, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe said at least Shs 15billion is needed to rebuild the structure.

“We want to restore our main building to exactly the way it was because it’s a symbol for higher education,” he said.”

The campaign is being geared by mostly the university former students.

According to Nawangwe, there’s an estimated 300,000 living alumni all over the world.

Nawangwe noted that although the University and public are anxious to know the cause of the fire, restoring it is also a concern.


“I appeal to all our stakeholders to rally behind us to restore the main building,” he said.

So far among the well-wishers that have come up to suppose this cause is the MasterCard Foundation which recent pledged 1 million USD.

The accounts that have been set aside for donations include: Stanbic Bank 9030017778608 (USD) and 90300177778535 (UGX)

Through MTN, the code is, *165*3# and merchant code: 542803.

Meanwhile the university is counting down to the resumption of studies later this month.

According to The Deputy Vice Chancellor, Umar Kakumba about 11,000 finalists are expected to return.

Finalists from the College of Health Sciences will resume studies on 3rd October while the rest will start on 17th.



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