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Makerere: New Fire Ravages University Council Offices at Main Building

Another fire outbreak has been reported at Makerere University Main Building, Chimp Corps report.

The new fire broke out in the eastern wing which houses the University Council offices.

Raging flames can be seen from the windows of the Council rooms as large plumes of smoke billow into the sky.

The offices of the University Council, the supreme governing body of the campus, contain important documents.

The cause of the new fire remains unclear.

It was earlier thought that the fire had been contained.

Top offices destroyed 

Vice Chancellor Prof Barnabus Nawangwe on Sunday morning said this was “probably the saddest day in the history Makerere University. Our Iconic building which is the symbol of knowledge and education not only at Makerere University, but also in the East and Central region of Africa has been gutted with fire.”

He said the top floor which was “housing a lot of our documents has been burnt.”

These include; the finance, internal audit, human resource, central registry, university secretary and public relations departments.

Nawangwe moved fast to reassure stakeholders that not all is lost.

“We are comforted that with the modern digital era, we had digitalized most of the documents,” said Nawangwe.

“The biggest task before us is to rebuild this icon of knowledge. With respect to its unique architectural master piece, we are planning to rebuild it, without changing its original beauty,” he observed.

He also hailed the “fire brigade for responding quickly and trying their best to contain the fire.”

The president of the Forum for Democratic Change, Patrick Amuriat, today criticised the ruling NRM party for not doing enough to equip the police fire department in the wake of the fire incident that gutted the Main Building at Makerere University.

Police reportedly struggled to put out the fire that destroyed a bigger section of the building and according to Amuriat, the ruling party cannot fail to prioritise the fire section after over 30 years in power.

Amuriat tasked the ruling government to invest in modern fire fighting equipment including helicopters.

“Train more human resources and research in disaster detection, incidental reporting systems and post disaster recovery mechanisms. Establishment of fire fighting systems and hypersonic sensors on all buildings including permanent water source points as the case is in most modern countries,” he said.

However, Nawangwe said Uganda Police have “been on the ground since the unfortunate incident happened” and was still investigating the matter to establish the cause of the fire.

He said the University would “do everything necessary to restore the Main Building to its original state.”

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