On September 19, 2020 in the early morning hours past midnight, Uganda’s iconic pillar of education dubbed the Ivory Tower of Makerere University was razed down by an unprecedented mysterious fire.

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Two years down the road as the East and Central Africa’s oldest University marks 100 years of existence, the damaged building has not yet got a touch of any architect or engineer.

Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe the universit Vice Chancellor
Judging by his fire aftermath reaction and comments, one cannot exonerate this learned professor of architecture. On Sunday morning September 19 immediately after the inferno, Nawangwe rushed to conclude how he was going to rally alumni and stakeholders to restore the building contrary to the people’s expectations as many had thought he would begin with a probe into the fire cause. The professor was also among the very first people to reach the scene at about 2am as if he was on standby to rush to the scene. Given his history of having not studied from Makerere as he did his undergraduate studies in the Soviet Union and how close he is a staunch ally to the first family, many believe he was intentionally deployed to destroy Uganda’s highest institution of learning. Even amid calls from the public tasking him to tender in his resignation, Nawangwe has adamantly declined to take heed. Important to note is the fact that the fire happened a day into the audit of the office of the Vice Chancellor over missing UGX 17 billion.

It is also alleged that the old signature building harboured valuable land titles of Makerere University wealth. Some plots of lands are in strategic places like Kololo, Nakasero, Wandegeya, Kivulu and Makindye. It is believed that Nawangwe colluded with Mafias like Thomas Tayebwa (now NRM chief whip) to sell off Makerere’s land to top government officials. This is perhape what motivated him to consider destroying the land titles held in the ravaged main building. Some sources at MUASA (Makerere University Academic Staff Association) say Nawangwe could have deliberately destroyed the building so that he as an architect could win the high paying tender to restore it. Immediately after the fire, he was quoted in a press interview saying, “the fire was disastrous but it is not the end.” In fact, even his tight accomplice the first lady Janet Kataaha Museveni was heard saying the fire is an ‘opportunity for Makerere to have a new beginning’

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