Leader of opposition demands for thorough investigations into Makerere fire

BY Alice Lubwama

Opposition leader in Parliament Betty Aol Ochan has called for thorough investigations into the cause of the fire that destroyed property at Makerere University .

The fire whose cause is still being investigated by different teams from KCCA, Police fire and forensic department started Saturday night and it took police two days to stop.

While on her fact finding visit to Makerere university, she said that police this time should investigate and produce a report and if there was any ill motive in the fire outbreak, the culprits should be arrested, prosecuted and punished.

Meanwhile Aol has appealed to the government to urgently reconstruct the Makerere Ivory tower to continue keeping the pride of Makerere University.

She says the tower has been acting as a historical and tourist building for the University across the world.

She has also appealed to the government to set up an Independent Ministry of Disaster and Preparedness separate from the office of the prime minister to address such emergencies in the country.

Aol says on many occasions the government is held at ransom and in panic when disastrous incidents like mudslides, Corona virus and fires happen.

“Its’ now time for the country to have a ministry in charge of disasters and have a proper work-plan and budget for such calamities rather than asking for supplementary budgets from parliament.” Aol said

Man sets himself ablaze on after news of wife’s new marriage

By Robert Segawa

A secondary school teacher has set his self on fire after receiving information that his wife got married to another man.

A deceased has been identified as Moyiza Noah 35 year a secondary teacher at Dar es- Salaam secondary school also resident of Kijanangabo cell in Masulita town council Wakiso district.

According to Luke Owoyesigyire Kampala deputy police spokesman the victim was found in his house after he had set himself a blaze using petrol on learning that his wife got married to someone else.

It is alleged that Moyiza sent his wife to village during lock down but on visiting after two months he received the shocking news that she got married to another man.

Owoyesigyire adds that police from Kakiri rushed him to Kirudu hospital in critical condition where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Boda boda cyclist sets himself on fire after police penalizes him

By Robert Segawa

Police in Kasese in investigating circumstances under which a liquid soap vendor set himself ablaze after traffic police issued him an express penalty receipt of 40,000 shillings.

The victim who is now nursing severe injuries at Kazo health center IV have been identified as Hakiram Mugisha resident of Umoja village in Kasese district.

According to Charles Drabo officer in Charge of traffic Kazo police Mugisha was intercepted by the traffic police in Kazo along Kazo-Ibanda highway and police issued him a receipt of UGX40,000 for not wearing Helmet and Mask as part of standard operating procedure.

He adds that the victim run into a nearby bush set himself on fire using petrol and was rescued by community after police rushed him to hospital for treatment.

Police arrests man for burning three churches in Kasokoso

By Robert Segawa

Kiira division Police is investigating circumstances under which 21 year’s old man set three churches located in Kasokoso village in Kiira Municipality on fire leaving property worth millions of shillings destroyed.

According to Luke Owoyesigyire Kampala metropolitan deputy police spokesman, the three churches set a blaze are St.Noah Catholic church Kasokoso, Liberty church of Christ international and God’s Tour promising church also located in Kasokoso.

Owoyesigyire says that some of the things that were destroyed include reverends’ cloaks, church books, alterwine, curtains, plastic chairs , sofa sets, TV sets worth millions of shillings .

He adds that the culprit gained entry into churches by breaking through windows.

Owoyesigyire further adds that this morning the suspect surrendered himself to Kiira Division police armed with three brand new knives. He was identified as Ngobi John Reagan 21 years unemployed resident of Kasokoso beach Kiira municipality Wakiso district

During interview the suspect revealed that, he burnt these churches because of anger arising from the fact that churches preach prosperity but he has remained poor. Police will take him to Butabika for medical check-up as investigation are on going

One dies in Fort Portal fire

By Robert Segawa

One person has been confirmed dead on spot and six others were critically injured in the last evening fire broke out at Kisenyi area in Western town of Fort portal in Kabarole district.

The evening fire started at around at 9 pm at Kisenyi area near the bus park in Fortportal town where a track carrying, merchandise, fuel in jerrycans and plastic tank caught fire killing one person on spot left six others in critical condition.

According to Director Fire and Emergency rescue services in Uganda police Joseph Mugisa the truck registration number UAW 038 N was carrying fuel from Katoke to Kyenjonjo got jammed and caught fire left nearby shops and other vehicle burnt.

Mugisa adds that the vehicle got burnt belonging to Arinaitwe Raymond ,a motorcycle, three shops were destroyed completely .

Mugisa further adds that one person who died in a fire was not part of fire fighting effort, and also not part of the clue of the truck got burnt,he jump on the truck to remove some of the goods that was burning.

He identified the deceased as Mwesigye Kiyaye 37 years and those injured are Jane aged 25 a resident of Rwengoma, Mrs Isiah 27 years also resident of
Rwengoma, Friday Robert 46 years, resident of Kidukulu, Musinguzi Julius 32 years resident of Kyakaboja, Nyakaguma Stephen 27 years resident of Kijura, Kagaba Christopher 47 years of Mwenge village Kyenjonjo.

He adds that great save was made on shops and other building who were close to the incident as investigation to find what caused the fire is on going.

Dormitory collapses in a school fire

By Robert Segawa

Police is investigating the circumstances under which fire gutted girl’s dormitory of Kiryokya Parents SS in Mityana district left property worth millions of shillings destroyed.

The evening fire started when students were attending evening classes.  Students’ properties including suit cases, Mattresses, Decker beds were already burned down by the time fire brigade arrived.

The fire had also gaputted the enitire girl’s dormitory and the structure had collapsed.

Nobert Ochom, the Wamala region police spokesperson confirmed the incident saying no child died in the fire the investigation is going on.

Drunk Man sets hut ablaze, kills brother in law

Omoro Police are investigating circumstances under, which a 37- year- old man was burnt to death by his in law. The deceased has been identified as Walter Ojok, a resident of Abilo Nino village in Ongako Sub County in Omoro district.

Ojok met his death on Tuesday morning at the residence of Richard Okello, his brother in law in Pida Loro Village in Kal Parish. It is alleged that Okello set the hut in which, he was sleeping with the deceased ablaze at about 2am following a drinking spree in Ongako trading center.

It is still unclear why Okello torched the house killing his brother in law who is believed to have been drunk. Christopher Odora, the Speaker Ongako Sub County says that after the incident Ojok also threatened to kill his sister Agnes Ajok in the same way her husband had perished.

Ojok is currently being held at Ongako Sub County headquarters, some 12 Kilometers South East of Gulu town. In January this year, five family members were burnt inside their hut in neighboring Koch Goma Sub County in Nwoya district over a suspected a land wrangle.

Civil society actors say northern Uganda is still struggling to cope with trauma associated with the effects of two decades of brutal conflict waged by Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels.





Unattended candle burns man in Mbarara to death

A man has died in a house fire in Mbarara Municipality. 25-year-old Justus Twinomugisha alias Kanyankole, a butcher from Kirehe village in Nyamitanga division was sleeping when the fire started from a candle that was left unattended to on Tuesday night.
Peninah Nkwasibwe, the deceased’s mother, says her son has been using candles for lighting. Amina Habasa, a resident of Ruti village, says that Twinomugisha had burnt to death by the time residents put out the fire.
Jaffar Magyezi, the Mbarara District Police Commander, says Twinomugisha was burnt beyond recognition. He says a postmortem results show that Twinomugisha chocked to death before he was burnt.
The DPC cautions residents to be extra careful while using candles, saying they can be very dangerous when handled carelessly.


Fish factory in Jinja burns down, witness fire was due to explosion on gas cylinders

Fire has gutted Kamik Fish Factory in Gomba village in Central Division in Jinja Municipality. The fire broke out at around 3am in the wee hours of this morning.

The exact cause of the fire hasn’t been established. Rogers Turinawe, the Kiira Region Fire brigade Commander, says they arrived at the scene at 5am but couldn’t contain the fire because of low manpower.

According to Turinawe, the fire started at the back of the factory. He said some gas cylinders exploded burning the whole building. By the time of filing this story, the police Fire and Rescue team was still combating the fire.

Fire teams from Kakira Sugar factory and Nile ply had joined police to combat the fire.   Kamik Fish Factory is adjacent to Marine and Agro fish processing and Gomba fish factory.




Ministry of Health out of bounds for staff and public till investigations conclude

The Ministry of Health headquarters in Kampala have been declared out of bounds for staff and other citizens following a fire outbreak this afternoon.

All entrances to the ministry are currently manned by police anti-terrorism officers with no one allowed access. Several people who were attempting to pick cars from the parking yard were also blocked.

Joyce Moriku, the State minister for Primary Health Care who rushed at the offices following the incident told Journalists that the fire outbreak was unfortunate but it was contained within time.   She added that the staff will not be allowed to access the building until investigations are complete.

Vivian Nakalika Sserwanja, the ministry’s spokesperson that the fire affected the quality assurance office, part of the reproductive health office and the child health division.

Nakaliika told URN that a number of ministry officers were in the building at the time the fire started explaining that they were in preparations to travel to Omoro district for the launch of the preventative meningitis vaccination campaign.

ASP Okobo Godfrey, the Acting Commissioner for Fire Prevention at Fire and Rescue Services told URN that they had managed to put out the fire but have not yet established its cause.

He however noted the presence of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officers and scene of crime officers who have started investigations.

Okobo further said that they suspect that the fire started in a pantry on the third floor of the building.

Okobo also noted a challenge of access to affected offices citing use of access control – biometric system where they could not easily access since they are not staff but broke into the premises.

He also noted that the ministry’s water hydrant had no water and could not help them.