Uganda’s First Lady Janet Museveni, who is also the minister for Education and Sports, visits Makerere University fire Scene.
Ugandan police have launched an investigations into the cause of a fire that that has ravaged the main building of the Makerere University.
According to the 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 the records and finance departments.
“A lot of property has been destroyed. Investigations are ongoing to ascertain the exact cause of the fire,” a police statement said.
The university’s vice chancellor, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe, said Sunday that they will “restore the building to its historic state in the shortest time possible”.
“It is a very dark morning for Makerere University. Our iconic main administration building caught fire and the destruction is unbelievable,” Prof Nawangwe said in a tweet.
Meanwhile, the university says the Police Fire Brigade Unit is still putting out the “remaining smoke on the left wing roof.”
About eight hours ago, the university tweeted that its main building, which houses key offices like that of the vice chancellor, finance and records, had caught fire.
Police deployed at the scene, but the fire had ravaged a significant portion of the building before it could be contained.
The Left Wing, which was destroted, houses the “Human Resource/staff records of the university, spanning the years this university has lived.”
Meanwhile, it’s not yet clear what caused the fire though police announced commencement of investigations into the matter.
“Police are actively investigating a fire outbreak at Makerere University Main building that started today at about midnight. Fire and rescue services responded at the scene and managed to contain it’s spread,” Luke Owoyesigyire, the KMP spokesman, said.
“The fire is believed to have started from the roof spreading to floors that house both records and finance departments , alot of property has been destroyed . Investigations are ongoing to ascertain the exact cause of the fire.”
The building’s construction was greatly delayed by a scarcity of resources to purchase materials as Britain and her allies grappled with the expenses of World War II. As a result, some of the carpentry work had to be done on-site at the Technical College.
The Principal then focused on turning Makerere into a University College and establishing buildings. As a result both the St. Francis and St. Augustine Chapels were completed in the same year 1941 and by 1944, plans for the establishment of a School of Civil Engineering at Makerere were already being discussed by the British House of Commons.