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Fire Engulfs Makerere University’s Iconic Ivory Tower

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“Police officers have been deployed at Makerere University where a fire broke out in the Main building. The fire moved through the floors in the far right section of the Ivory Tower and is now on the roof in the left section of the building.” Said NTV Uganda.

The iconic Ivory tower at the Makerere University main building burnt on Saturday as firefighters rushed to the scene.

According to sources, the fire first broke out at the university main building before moving to the right section know as the Ivory Tower.

“Police officers have been deployed at Makerere University where a fire broke out in the Main building. The fire moved through the floors in the far right section of the Ivory Tower and is now on the roof in the left section of the building.” Said NTV Uganda.

Firefighters try to extinguish a fire at the Ivory Tower of Makerere University in Kampala on September 20, 2020.  (Photo by Badru KATUMBA / AFP)

Crucial documents were burnt down in the process causing millions in damages as the country’s First Lady Janet Museveni toured the University to witness the damage.

Among the most affected departments is the records and finance department which hold vital documents including some of the history of the University.

Speaking after the incident, Vice Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe promised they will ensure that the University is restored to its historical self.

A fire remains inside the burnt building at the Ivory Tower of Makerere University in Kampala on September 20, 2020. – Makerere was established in 1922 as a humble technical school, but today is one of Africa’s oldest and most prestigious English universities. Built between 1938 and 1941, the university today has 35,000 students and 3,000 postgraduates. (Photo by Badru KATUMBA / AFP)

Investigations are currently ongoing with the cause of the inferno still unknown at the moment.

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