Police in Mukono are investigating circumstances that led to a fire outbreak that killed 11 people at Salama School for the Blind in Luga Village, Ntanzi Parish, Mukono District today morning.
According to sources, six other people said to be in critical condition were rushed to Herona Hospital in Kisoga Town, Mukono District and later transferred to Mulago National Referral Hospital.
The deceased, all visually impaired children, have been identified as Shamira Kalema, Patricia Mudondo, Gladys Namuga, Rebecca Josephine Namulondo, Josephine Joseline Namuwonge, Peace Nalumisa, Agnes Nantume, Pretty Prwoth, Veronica Nasali, Ket Nangutu and Patricia Nakaiyima.
The school proprietor, Mr Francis Kinubi, believes it was an arson attack.
“I think a heartless person set fire on the dormitory with an intension of blocking the princess’ visit because there is no electricity at the side where the fire started,” he said.
Mukono LCV chairperson, Rev Peter Bakaluba Mukasa, said the school has been involved in land conflicts as he received complaints in his office.
According to ASP Luke Owoyesigyire, the Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy spokesperson, they are yet to establish the cause of the fire outbreak.
Major General James Birungi the commander of Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) said they are going to investigate the matter.
School fires have become a common occurrence countrywide, however, a lasting solution seems to have eluded the authorities and concerned stakeholders.