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Fire guts Makerere University Main building, student records at risk

Firefighters are battling a fire at Makerere University where part of the Main building is ablaze.

The Main building, also called the Ivory Tower burst out in flames early this morning. The University's Facebook page and Twitter handle started posting videos of the fire shortly after 1:00 a.m.

According to a tweet posted on the University's Twitter handle, @MakerereU, the fire was sprouting from the right side of building where part of the roof had sunk in. Moments later, the university tweeted; "the fire has spread and covered all floors of the right side of the building."

The building with its unique 20th-century British architectural designs is one of the university's oldest structures, the signature symbol of Uganda's oldest and biggest university. It was completed in 1941 with funding from the Colonial Development Bourse. 

It houses several offices including the university's main hall, university printery and vice chancellor's office. The source of the fire is still unknown but fire brigade trucks are reportedly at the scene trying to stop the fire spreading. The building also holds student records, and the basement is full of archive files spanning the whole history of the institution according to historian Derek Peterson, who says he was intending to organise. 

"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," Makerere said in a tweet posted at 3:52 am. 

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+3 #1 Amooti Mugi 2020-09-20 05:42
Ooooh dear!!!
That historic nearly 79 year old Main Building aka the Ivory Tower has been our pride as graduates of Makerere and as a country!! And up it goes in flames!!

Considering its significance, surely the University leadership should have ensured that the building is constantly under 24/7 level protection even under the China flu lockdown!!
Oh Africa!

While Britain preserves its architectural heritage, with some buildings dating back to the 1300's, in Africa that's unthinkable! If only that Main Building could be restored!!!
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+3 #2 WADADA rogers 2020-09-20 08:34
That must be an act of conspiracy, somebody wants to hide the truth, truth being money or marks
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+1 #3 Miki 2020-09-20 09:16
Too much tear gas, too few fire trucks. Too many menacing gun totting men, and just a paucity of fire fighters.
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-1 #4 maloba fred 2020-09-20 11:54
You comment yourself. Seems ur interested in positive side,
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0 #5 JonSs 2020-09-20 12:27
Hmm, they’re already talking about losing records.Every institution with a similar reputation to Makerere whether it’s a museum, library or Parliament must have in its Governance procedures a Business continuity plan.

The first risk to be assessed within the plan is loss of records. You then have to think of safe storage, backups and investment in cloud provisions off site.

We can’t be worried about records at this moment in time. Our worried would be rightly directed at saving the architectural masterpieces of the building that can’t be saved digitally.

I hope people start asking questions about competency rather than accepting third rate administrators to run the country
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+2 #6 Akot 2020-09-20 20:31
Amooti Mugi, agreed, but,

Uganda doesn't belong to our people any more & unless we take it back, by the time Museveni dies of old age, there won't be much left!
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+2 #7 Akot 2020-09-20 20:36
Miki, agreed!

Time Ugandans stop helping Museveni destroy them & their country completely, while all are powerless as the demon controls tax money/every institution & all wait for him to decide what to be done!

Won't 35 years not be long enough & Ugandans are letting Museveni go ahead & rig yet another election?

Without bringing down the tribalistic system & UNITY to show Museveni way out, Ugandans MUST form Independent Tribal States, if they want a future at all!
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+1 #8 Zaitun 2020-09-21 20:02
What exactly has gone wrong in Uganda of Museveni family? Government Institutions have continued to be torched as if these are grasslands burnt for new pasture.

Where was the Fire Brigade and /or our infamous police force known for clubbering students and ordinary citizans?

Does the ruling families wish to leave the country devastated after destroying every Institution which they did not even build?

Why was the Finance Department targeted, then the whole administration building? Was it a way to destroy evidences concerning huge sums of local and foreign currencies gone missing?

Those words of the so-called Education Minister leave alot to be desired.
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