The Makerere University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe has this Thursday morning unveiled a fundraising drive targeting over 300,000 alumni to help restore the razed iconic main building.

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Speaking before swipes of journalists, Nawangwe a prime suspect in the fires urged the university alumni to donate to the allocated bank accounts and mobile money number as he seeks over UGX 15.7 billion to restore the signature building. He said the restoration project cannot wait for the ongoing investigations to end as he noted that most fire cases take years to be solved. “The basement of the building was not burnt and this means, it will not cost shs15 billion to reconstruct it. Our target is collecting at least shs15 billion shillings since we are going to use modern materials which are expensive,” he said.

He also adds that Makerere has well off alumni who can restore the building hurriedly before the 2022 centenary celebrations when Uganda’s oldest institution of higher learning will be making 100 years. “In America only, there are 40,000 alumni but majority of them are here in Uganda. There are also those who worked here and have formed clubs. These would like to see the building restored. We have established mechanism through which the alumni can start contributing and we would be grateful if they start contributing,” Nawangwe told journalists.

By closure of last week, Makerere’s leading partner dubbed the Mastercard Foundation slapped Nawangwe’s administration with $1 million (UGX 3.7 billion) to help restore the signature building. In her letter, Dr. Reetah Roy who heads the Foundation expressed her grief towards the tragic fire that destroyed the university’s heritage building.

Investigations

The head of the police CID PRO, Charles Twiine had pledged to unleash the fire report by Wednesday, September 30. However, the report is not yet officially out as police investigators are still studying the retrieved footage which captured about 10 yet to be named individuals donned in hooded jumpers entering the building. A credible source in the CID says the 10 suspects were not captured on CCTV leaving the building yet they were seen entering.

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