Critical records destroyed as fire ravages Uganda’s Makerere University A huge fire has destroyed part of the main building of Uganda’s prestigious Makerere University, one of Africa’s oldest, police said Sunday.
Police have launched an investigation into the cause of the fire outbreak that ravaged the main building of Uganda’s Makerere University.
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.
“A lot of property has been destroyed. Investigations are ongoing to ascertain the exact cause of the fire,” a police statement reads.
The University Vice-Chancellor, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe has said 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.
The First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Janet Museveni is expected to visit the scene.
The Main Building with its unique 20th-century British architecture has been Makerere’s landmark over the years
“The fire is believed to have started from the roof spreading to floors that house both records and finance departments,” said Kampala deputy police spokesman Luke Oweyesigire. “A lot of property has been destroyed. Investigations are ongoing to asc… fire ravages Uganda’s Makerere
Source – Daily Monitor