Fire guts Makerere University Main building, student records at risk

Fire has gutted the main administration building at Makerere University destroying invaluable records and property worth millions of shillings.

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The fire that started at around midnight was able to spread to almost half of the building where several offices were affected.

“The Police Fire Brigade is trying to put out the fire which has now covered almost half of the roof. It’s a trying moment for us,” the university tweeted.

The affected building also houses the offices of the Vice Chancellor and student records whereas the basement is full of archive files spanning the whole history of the institution.

According to the university, efforts to save the left wing of the building which houses the Human Resources and staff records of the university were being defeated by the highly powerful flames whose blaze was increased by the wooden furnishings.

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This fire comes at a time when the university, like most education institutions, has been in lockdown mode since March 30, 2020. The lockdown was ordered by President Yoweri Museveni to help curb the spread of the novel Coronavirus pandemic in Uganda.

The country also observes a curfew that begins at 9pm to 6am.

President Museveni is expected to address the nation tonight on progress in the fight against COVID-19 and whether more sectors of the economy like education can resume normal operations.

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