The Renewed Uganda’s flag bearer says his government will devise plans to build low-cost modern housing units with iron sheets that will be more durable for all families in post-war rural Acholi communities as affirmative action to redevelop the region.
Nakasongola District Education Officer George William Kajura says that the school has been closed for a week to enable pupils recover from the shock and to acquire new scholastic materials. Parents have been advised to pick the children and return the on March 3.
According to the monthly police reports, at least 15 cases of fire were recorded in August alone compared to 11 captured in July. However, in all incidents, police was helped by fire trucks from the surrounding factories.
Jackeline Namugga is one of the parents who dashed to the school. Namugga, who was in her sleeping dress, says she lost her mind when she learnt about the fire outbreak and all she wanted was to physically confirm that her child was safe and sound.
The incident believed to have been caused by an electric short circuit, occurred on Saturday morning. The burnt shops are all housed in one building on Hoima-Fort Portal road in the heart of Hoima Town. Police say the fire broke out at midnight.
Police in Gulu has blamed the rampant fire outbreak cases in the district on vengeful acts inspired by conflicts over land, relationships, finance and negligence by the residents. Since the beginning of this year, at least 30 cases of fire outbreak have been reported in Gulu district alone; 9 in Kitgum, Pader and Agago.
As the fire outbreaks continue to raze properties and kill people, schools and key public places in Luweero have ignored installing fire extinguishers in their premises. The few that bought fire extinguishers have abandoned servicing making them ineffective in times of a fire outbreak.