Decades of historical records perish in Makerere fire


The fire at Makerere University has destroyed the Human Resources department, Records Department and Finance department.

Efforts to save the left wing of the building by police fire brigade were defeated by the highly powerful and forceful flames.

The left wing is custody to the Human Resource/staff records of the university spanning the years, this university has lived.

It is a huge tragedy.

Victoria University

What’s at stake?

Besides the office of the Vice Chancellor Prof Edward Nawangwe, the building holds student records and the basement is full of archive files spanning the whole history of the institution.

According to the images of the ruins, nothing was spared.

The Main Building was completed in 1941 under the leadership of Mr. George C. Turner, Principal, Makerere College (1939-46).

Earlier in 1938, the Duke of Gloucester, representing His Majesty King George VI had cut the first sod for the construction of the building on 3rd November.



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