The Makerere University main building was gutted by strong flames last night that burnt down the building roof and sunk it in.
The fire, whose cause is suspected to be electricity, broke out at about 1 am in the night and the Police Fire Brigade spent the entire night fighting to put it off.
In a statement by the university vice chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe, the extent of the devastation was huge but the university will go through the trying moment.
According to media reports released by the university, the mostly affected sections of the building are the Human Resource Department, and the Finance Department (Bursar’s Office).
“It is a very dark morning for Makerere University. Our iconic Main Administration Building caught fire and the destruction is unbelievable. But we are determined to restore the building to its historic state in the shortest time possible.” Nawangwe said in a statement.
News just reaching us now confirms that the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Kataha Museveni is set to visit the institution today as the Fire Brigade finalizes putting out the smoke.