A number of learners have lost their lives and property worth millions of shillings destroyed in fires that have been gutting schools in Uganda over the years.
In just one night, dormitories from two different schools caught fire, leaving property worth millions of shillings destroyed.
A dormitory at Gayaza High School; Kennedy and Corby on Friday evening caught fire. The cause was not known by press time.
The fire broke out at around 8:00 pm when most of the students were attending their evening studies. Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Patrick Onyango confirmed the fire outbreak, noting that the police team had dispatched its officers to help fight it out.
In the same night, pupils of Zigoti Standard Primary School in Mityana district, escaped unhurt after their dormitory was set ablaze by suspected arsonists.
According to the residents, someone opened the door at around 3 am and poured paraffin in the dormitory. He then lit the fire and took off.
Mityana District Police Commander Mwine Mukono said the fire brigade will issue a report indicating what they will have found out about the fire.
A number of learners have lost their lives and property worth millions of shillings destroyed in fires that have been gutting schools in Uganda over the years. Below are some of them:
Wairaka College (May 31, 2019)
Firemen battled for close to two hours on a Friday night to put out a fire that destroyed Elgon dormitory at Wairaka College.
By the time the combined force of Jinja Police fire brigade and Kakira Sugar Works Ltd contained the flames, property worth millions of shillings had been destroyed. The affected dormitory was housing only Senior One learners. None of the children was in the house when the fire started so no fatalities occurred.
St. Bernard's Mannya SS Rakai (November 11, 2018)
On Sunday, November 11, 2018, unknown people torched a Senior Three dormitory. 10 students were killed and 37 injured as well as the destruction of property worth millions of shillings.
The six suspects were remanded in Masaka Prison.
They include students of St. Bernard's Mannya SS and they are Alex Taremwa, 18; Junior Mugarura, 18; Dickson Kisuule, 18 and Niyo Edison 21. Others include Michael Tayebwa, a security guard and a police officer Steven Nzeyimana.
State prosecution said investigations were still on.
The suspects have appeared in court a number of times, hoping the case will take another step, such as committal, only to be returned to prison.
The students have 10 counts of murder, 37 of attempted murder, 2 attempted arsons and one malicious damage. But Tayebwa and Nzeyimaana were charged with negligence of duty.
Budo Junior School (April 16, 2008)
19 children aged between eight and nine, died following a Monday night inferno at Budo Junior School in Wakiso district.
The body of an unidentified male adult was also recovered at the scene. The school administration said the dead man was not part of their staff.
The dead pupils, (all girls) occupied Nassolo dormitory, which was previously a classroom.
The dead include Sonia Tendo, Evelyn Zawedde, Mercy Akite, Latiffa Namuleme, Patience Namuyanja, Patricia Nakaye, Sylvia Nakandi, Juliet Lunkuse, Samantha Ntunda, Joan Nabbosa, Juliet Nambalirwa, and Mariam Nakato.
Others were Judith Nakavuma, Barbara Natugonza, Patience Namakoye, Patricia Nakazi, Faith Asiimwe, Evina Nalwoga, and Yvonne Namaganda.
The headmaster, then Dr. Livingstone Ddungu, said Nassolo dormitory accommodates 45 girls of Primary Four. The school had 1,350 pupils.
The Police Fire Brigade put out the fire, which had threatened to spread to Ssabaganzi and Ssangalyambogo dormitories.
Nassolo dormitory had two doors, but only one was in use. It had no emergency exit.
St Jude PS in Nakasongola (February 21)
A five-year-old pupil was burnt to death while a matron sustained serious burns when a mysterious fire gutted down a girls' dormitory at St Jude PS in Nakasongola on a Thursday morning.
The school administration identified the dead pupil as Eteno Favor,a primary one pupil.
Mbarara High School (April 24, 2016)
School administrators at Mbarara High School postponed the end of second term examinations that were scheduled to start the following day when a fire razed a dormitory.
300 students of the Addis Ababa dormitory were affected. By the time the fire broke out, they were attending night prep Sunday evening.
The headmaster then, Twinomujuni Benon, said the exams had to be delayed because the affected students lost all their books - plus other property. He said the students had also been affected psychologically.
Mother Majeri Primary School Kirinya, Bweyogerere (April 24, 2017)
Fire gutted a boys' dormitory at Mother Majeri Primary School in Kirinya, Bweyogerere on a Sunday night, leaving property worth millions of shillings destroyed.
According to the school administrators, the pupils were having supper when the fire broke out, so there were no causalities.
Welden College Mbarara (August 15, 2016)
Hundreds of students of Welden College Mbarara were sent back home after a mysterious fire gutted one of the school dormitories on a Sunday evening.
The school's director then, Elias Ssempa said by the time police firefighters were called in, a lot of damage had been done.
The facility was housing 320 students, including Senior Four and Senior Six members. Books and personal belonging were lost in the inferno whose cause is still unknown.
Rugarama Nursing School(September 21, 2019)
Tragedy on Tuesday morning rocked Ruagarama Nursing and Midwifery School located on Rugarama hill in Kabale municipality following a fire outbreak.
The early morning fire gutted an administration block destroying property worth million shillings.
According to Silas Tusiime, the then guild president, a student who was heading to the administration block noticed the fire and later reported to the school authorities.
Tusiime said the fire destroyed mostly stationary, graduation gowns, gloves, and the ceiling.
The fire is suspected to have resulted from a short circuit.
Baheesi Hostel housing MUBS (May 28, 2018)
Baheesi Hostel housing MUBS students caught fire and it was reported that the fire started from the rooftop of the Bugolobi based hostel.
Mary Stuart Hostel (May 26, 2018)
Makerere University's largest female hall of residence, Mary Stuart caught fire on May 26, 2018. Five students were injured and the property was destroyed.