SFC deploys as Janet, Muyingo rush to Makerere

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Education Minister Janet Museveni and permanent secretary Alex Kakooza have arrived at Makerere University.

“It’s a difficult moment,” Kakooza told Daily Monitor.

Press was denied access to Freedom Square where Janet has been taken for a briefing.

State Minister of Higher Education, Chrysostom Muyingo arrived earlier to assess the extent of the damage.

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“I can’t believe. Do you know how old this building is? Oh my God, the damage. When you talk about Makerere University, it’s this building that comes in mind,” Dr Muyingo said on arrival.

Makerere University Guild President Julius Katerega said:

“I never thought I would witness such catastrophe.”

Gloom

All is gloom at Makerere University where fire gutted the iconic building that houses key offices of the vice chancellor, his two deputies, university secretary, accounts, audits and council offices.

The oldest university was slated to mark 100 years of existence.

Prof Barnabas Nawangwe, the vice chancellor said he was informed of the fire after midnight and immediately came on site.

“It’s a devastating moment for the university,” Prof Nawangwe has said.

“We have lost all records in the human resource department, audits.”

“President Museveni has been calling almost after every hour,” Prof Nawangwe noted.

Special Forces Command (SFC) soldiers deployed at Makerere University taking charge of security matters after the Main building, known as the Ivory Tower.

The roof of the main building near St Francis Chapel has fallen off.

Firemen are struggling to contain the fire.

They suspect because the building is old, it could not contain the heavy weight from the water being used to put off the fire.

Cracks have developed in the larger part of the main building.

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