Guard Held Over Mbarara High School Dormitory Fire

1295 Views Mbarara, Uganda

In short
Collins Kaganzi, the Rwizi Regional Police Commander, says they are holding Mugume to explain why he locked the dormitories and fled raising suspicion that he couldnt have been behind the act.

Herbert Mugume, a security guard attached to Mbarara High school is in custody in connection with the burning of one of the dormitories at the school. Mugume was picked up this morning following the burning of Addis Ababa dormitory at 9pm on Sunday night as students were preparing for their end of term one examinations.

 
Student's property worth millions of Shillings was reduced to ash. Robert Kihumuro, a student leader says both teachers and students couldn't rescue the property because all entries to the dormitories were locked.

However, no student was hurt by the fire. Collins Kaganzi, the Rwizi Regional Police Commander, says they are holding Mugume to explain why he locked the dormitories and fled raising suspicion that he couldn't have been behind the act.
 

Benon Twinomugisha, the Head teacher Mbarara High school, says Addis Ababa dormitory has been accommodating 102 students. According to Twinomugisha, the school administration is struggling to find alternative space for the affected students in the remaining dormitories.
 
 
He says following the instead they have postponed the end of first term examinations that were scheduled to begin today to allow the students to heal from the trauma. Martha Asiimwe, the Mbarara Resident district Commissioner has called for extensive investigations into the cause of the fire.

 

About the author

Mariam Kabasongora
Mariam Kabasongora is the Mbarara URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under her docket. Kabasongora has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Kabasongora began her career as a reporter for Messiah Radio in Kasese in 2001. She was subsequently a reporter with Endigyito Radio in 2005, Voice of Kigezi in Kabale between 2002 and 2005 and a freelance reporter with URN from 2007 to 2010. She was the news editor with Voice of Kamwenge in that district from 2008 to 2010.

Kabasongora covers agriculture, local government, health and faith stories. She is also interested in politics.