Makerere University main building following the fire outbreak.

Ivory Tower Burnt: Night Fire Guts Makerere University Main Building - The  Pearl Times

Police have launched an investigation into the cause of the fire outbreak that ravaged the main building of the Makerere University.
According to Police, the fire which broke out in the wee hours of Sunday, is believed to have started from the roof spreading to floors that house both records and finance departments. The Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe has revealed that the main building shall be restored to it’s historic state in the shortest time possible.

A Saturday night fire razed the building.
The fire, according to the Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigire is believed to have started from the roof spreading to floors that house both records and finance departments at around midnight.

The Main 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 November 3.

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. 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.

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