A report from investigations that were carried out by the Criminal Investigations Directorate and the Ministry of Works points to electricity as the likely cause of the fire that reduced to ashes the 70-year-old building which stood tall as the face of higher learning in the region.
At the height of the tragedy and subsequent crisis that the fire cast onto the institution, the University Vice-Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe allayed fears saying that "all our records past and current; Human Resource, student, academic and financial records are safely stored in digital form."
Prof Umar Kakumba, the Makerere University Deputy Vice-Chancellor in-charge of Academic Affairs, says they intend to integrate online and physical classes while observing the Standard Operating Procedures. “The calendar we have produced is subject to the government’s decision on school reopening. All we are doing is preparing for all possibilities such that in all circumstances we keep engaging our learners,” said Prof Kakumba.