By Ambrose Kweronda
In Kyotera/ Kampala—
At least five pupils have today morning perished, while several others were wounded, after fire gutted two dormitories.
One of the dormitories was New Crest Junior at Kibedi day and boarding primary school in Kawempe division, Kampala, and another at St. John’s primary school in Kyotera.
The deceased at Kibedi primary school have been identified as Tena Denge aged 6; Bashira Nabawesi, 6; Julian Nakalanzi, 6 all in primary one and seven-year-old Hasina Nakawuki, a primary two pupil.
Ferocious fire, whose origin is yet to be established caught the female dormitory at Kibedi primary school in the wee hours of Saturday at around 2:00 am.
The pupils who were at that time asleep were caught by surprise, leading to the death of four whose bodies were burnt beyond recognition.
Three other pupils are said to have sustained serious injuries. At the time of filing this report, parents had surrounded the school premises, to establish what became of their children, but no one was granted access.
Police spokesperson for Kawempe division Joseph Mugisha said they are still investigating the matter, to establish the real genesis of the flames.
In a separate sad development, it was a somber mood today early morning at St. Johns Nursery and Primary day and boarding school Kyotera, when a pupil perished in another fire that gutted a boys’ dormitory.
It is alleged that suspected arsonists sprayed a substance believed to be petrol around the boys’ dormitory, at a time when there was a power Blackout, before setting it ablaze.
The deceased has been identified as Serugo Mark Savio, a primary four pupil who comes from Rakai district.
The school matron, on detecting the odour of petrol decided to open the rear door, so as to prevent disaster but the deceased had unfortunately used the front door which was closed.
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