Public eagerly awaiting release of Makerere fire report

One month after the Makerere University main building was gutted by a fire, stakeholders are still waiting for the report.

Sources reveal that the investigations into the incident are complete but the eagerly awaited report is not ready.

Stakeholders are also hopeful that when the much awaited report is finally produced, the findings will be made available to the public and that the report will not be relegated to gather dust, but rather spur action to address any major issues highlighted in the findings.

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The Main Administration 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.

The Main Building with its unique 20th-century British architecture is easily Makerere’s most recognisable symbol and was constructed with funds from the Colonial Development bourse.

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The building’s construction was greatly delayed by a scarcity of resources to purchase materials as Britain and her allies grappled with the expenses of World War II.

As a result, some of the carpentry work had to be done on-site at the Technical College.

The fire at Makerere had far-reaching implications, some of which the alumni and the general public may not have fully understood.

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However, let us make the investigations and the resulting report count towards addressing the myriad problems created by this fire outbreak.

 

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