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Njeru Town Council Fire Destroys Land Records

Fire has gutted the administration office block in Njeru town council. The fire broke out at around 4am on Saturday night and destroyed parts of the office.

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Fire has gutted the administration office block in Njeru town council. The fire broke out at around 4am on Saturday night and destroyed parts of the office.

The office was constructed in May 1954 for Njeru town council offices shortly after the construction of the Owen Falls dam.

Nsubuga Kyewalyanga Muzanganda, a councilor at Buikwe district for Njeru town council says that boda boda riders alerted them when they saw flames coming out of the office block at 4am. The offices burnt to ashes include education, physical planning, town clerk\'s office, LC3 chairman\'s office, production and health offices.

Kyewalyanga says that they quickly asked volunteers to help put out the fire as they alerted the police. However, the fire raged until about 9am this morning. 

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Michael Odeba, a councillor, wonders how the office caught fire as it stands on its own and no one sleeps on the premises.

He says all the electricity wirings have circuit breakers and a possible electricity short circuit has been ruled out.

After the fire broke out, several locals and police stood guard through the early morning to guard against what a police officer described as, \"Another possible arson attack.\"

Paul Musoke, Njeru LC3 chairman, says the fire has destroyed invaluable land records needed by the office of the Inspectorate General of Government. The IGG\'s office has been investigating fraud, corruption and land grabbing in Njeru town council. He says all the files of reference since the 1950 have been burnt to ashes.

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Juliet Baguma, Njeru police CID boss, says preliminary findings show that the fire was started with fuel and arson is suspected. Attempts to use police dogs to track the scent of the arsonists failed because the scene of the fire has been tampered in the effort to put it out.

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