Report on Makerere University fire rules out arson

An investigation into the fire that gutted the Main Building at Uganda’s Makerere University last year has established there were no functional cameras at the country’s oldest premier education institution, making it difficult to ascertain the cause of the inferno, write Benson Tumusiime and Patience Ahimbisibwe for the Daily Monitor.

However, investigators in the report titled “Investigation into the Cause of Fire at Makerere University Main Building” were of the opinion that because the building’s electrical wiring was more than 30 years old, there is a possibility that this could have been the source of fire.

The findings contained in the National Building Review Board November 2020 report established that the fire started at around 11.30pm on 19 September 2020, in the bursar’s office or Room 315 on the first floor of the Main Building but ruled out arson by conventional fuel accelerants such as diesel or kerosene.
Full report on the Daily Monitor site