11 Dead After Fire Razes Down Ugandan School For The Blind

Fridah Wangechi | 1 year ago
One of the blocks at the school on fire. COURTESY

A fire broke out at the Salama School for the Blind in Mukono District in Uganda, in the wee hours of Tuesday , October 25, killing 11 people and leaving six in critical condition.

Police are yet to establish the cause of the fire, with investigations  launched into the circumstances that may have led to the inferno that razed down a dormitory at the school.

"Most of the dead are children at the school and our sympathies go to the parents," Internal Affairs Minister General Kahinda Otafiire told international publication AFP.

The school has been cordoned off as a crime scene as the minister vowed to see through a full investigation into the matter.

"As government we shall go to the root cause of the fire and if there are any culprits they will be apprehended and the law will take its course," he added.

The six are admitted at the Herona Hospital in Kisoga Town, Mukono District.

The surge in number of school fires in the country is quite alarming, often blamed on faulty wiring on the school infrastructure, although authorities claim that some have been started deliberately.

The Ugandan Ministry of Education in March this year attributed the fire outbreaks in schools to a lack of occupational permits, especially among private schools, as the school administrations tend to elude scrutiny by authorities over their safety hazards such as grills on windows.

The ministry stated schools can acquire the permits from the local government, adding that the institutions will be forced to publicly display their occupational permits to parents and visitors.

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