A fireplace has gutted an legendary setting up at Uganda’s Makerere College, which is a prominent landmark in the money.
Identified as the “Ivory Tower”, an right away blaze has remaining its distinctive white walls with blue-shuttered home windows blackened.
Law enforcement in Kampala have started off an investigation into the trigger of the fire at one particular of Africa’s oldest and most prestigious universities. The vice-chancellor described the destruction as unbelievable.
“It is a pretty darkish morning for Makerere University. Our legendary Principal Administration Setting up caught hearth and the destruction is unbelievable. But we are established to restore the setting up to its historic condition in the shortest time achievable,” Vice-Chancellor Barnabas Nawangwe tweeted.
Fire officers fought the large fire from close to midnight, reviews the BBC’s Tolerance Atuhaire from Kampala.
Although most of it experienced been place out by early on Sunday afternoon, some sections of the constructing were continue to smouldering and smoke could nevertheless be seen, our reporter suggests.
Massive cracks can be observed on some of the outer partitions, most of the roof has been burnt off and many of the home windows are absolutely burnt out, she suggests.
Original reviews indicate that the hearth could have started off from the roof, spreading to floors that household the finance and data division.
A historian of East Africa, Derek Peterson, states the fireplace is a catastrophe for Uganda and for East Africa.
“The creating holds college student records, and the basement is entire of archive data files spanning the whole record of the establishment,” he tweeted, including that he experienced been intending to support organise a challenge to catalogue the assortment.
Makerere was 1st recognized in 1922 as a complex school and has developed into a widely revered college.
Its alumni include independence-period leaders such as Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, renowned writers including Kenya’s Ngugi wa Thiong’o, lecturers and clergy like John Sentamu, the not long ago retired Anglican archbishop of York.