Fire broke at the main building [Ivory Tower] of Makerere University just after midnight burning the roof and top floors.
Reports from Uganda’s top university indicate that Police Fire Brigade is struggling to put out the fire that has covered almost half of the roof of the building.
Efforts to save the left wing of the Building are being defeated by the highly powerful and forceful flames. The left wing is custody the Human Resource/staff records of the university. Spanning the years this university has lived. pic.twitter.com/S9kAddCq12
— Makerere University (@MakerereU) September 20, 2020
The building houses several offices including the university’s main-hall, The printery and the Vice Chancellor’s office among others.
The fire ‘accident’ has occurred when the university was planning to resume studies next month after a long break due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fire have been common in Uganda’s primary and secondary schools but not in universities. Critics point ‘lack of preparedness’ to meet covid-19 measures for studies to resume next month.