Lira, Kabale, Soroti now Public Universities

Kabale University is now amongst the country's public universities together with Lira and Soroti Universities

Property worth millions of shillings was Friday morning destroyed when fire gutted a housing facility at Nsambya police barracks in Kampala.

According to eye witnesses, this web the fire started at around 8am as most of the police officers had gone for work.

The fire, cialis 40mg according to officials, information pills was reportedly caused by sparks from an electric cooking stove.

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A police woman feeds a baby after fire gutted her residence

A police woman feeds a baby after fire gutted her residence

“At around 8:00am we saw a lot of smoke billowing from one of the buildings as the children ran out of their respective rooms. We called the police fire brigade which quickly put out the fire,” said Mustapha Wakabi, one of the neighbours.

A woman stranded after her place of abode was destroyed by today's fire

A woman stranded after her place of abode was destroyed by today’s fire

Betty Auma, one of the residents who lost property in the fire, says she received a call from one of her neighbours that her place of abode had been razed to the ground by the strange morning fire.

“I received a call while at work and came running  but found nothing left in the room and its only the uniform I am wearing that survived the fire,” said a heartbroken Auma.

For another police officer who preferred anonymity, he has been left homeless with his 2 wives and 4 children by the fire.

“We have nowhere to begin from as all the property was burnt including the uniforms and police shoes. It’s high time the police bosses thought of better housing facilities for us as the ones available are in a sorry state,” one of the victims of the fire urged.

The cops' property was reduced to rubble

The cops’ property was reduced to rubble

In an interview with Chimpreports, the Police Fire Rescue Services boss Joseph Mugisa explained they are yet to establish the cause of the fire but noted that it’s highly anticipated that it was caused by sparks from electricity as some of the officers were cooking.

“We have not yet established what caused it but we suspect there was a lot of cooking that might have caused the fire. There was no life lost but a lot of property was destroyed. We are now on the ground trying to find out the cause of the fire,” Mugisa said.

Fire brigade officials fighting raging fire flames

Fire brigade officials fighting raging fire flames

However, one police officer who preferred anonymity blamed the incident on negligence by authorities whom he said have failed to provide necessary equipment like fire extinguishers to all the housing units which could be used in case of any accident.

“Imagine this whole place having one fire extinguisher which was not even functioning. It’s absurd that our bosses can’t organize better housing facilities to accommodate us but leave us in this sorry condition,” the police officer lamented.
Government has added three more universities to the list of public universities in the country.

The universities of Lira, physician Kabale and Soroti situated in the respective districts were on Thursday established as public universities in a Statutory Instrument moved by the minister of Education, cialis 40mg Science and Technology and Sports, Jessica Alupo and a resolution of Parliament to the same effect.

Alupo who is empowered by the Constitution to issue statutory provisions to establish public universities with the technical input of the National Council for Higher Education, said the idea of adding three more is to develop human capital appropriate for the transformation and development of the country.

“Whereas section 22(1) of the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act, 2001 empowers me on the recommendation of the National Council for Higher Education, by statutory instrument and by a resolution of Parliament to establish a Public University; Lira University, Kabale University and Soroti University are hereby established as Public Universities,” Alupo pronounced at Parliament yesterday.

She told Parliament that Government notified the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) about the intention to establish the three institutions as Public Universities and programmes were already submitted to be run at these public universities which (NCHE) found to be in line with the national priorities and vision 2040.

“The Government’s move to establish Kabale University (Kabale District), Lira University (Lira District) and Soroti University (Soroti District) is to equitably expand higher education to undergraduate and post graduate levels and to develop human resources appropriate for the transformation and development of Uganda.” Alupo observed.

“The functions of the aforementioned universities will be to provide teaching and learning to all students admitted to these universities and to undertake basic and applied research critical to national development and to stimulate skills development in Uganda; to organize and conduct courses with particular emphasis on development goals and to conduct outreach activities, examinations and award degrees, diplomas and certificates and to undertake publication in line with community needs and national development plans of Uganda.”

The three added universities are going to be fully functional in the next financial year of 2016/2017 bringing the numbers of public universities to eight from five.

The already existing public universities are Makerere University Kampala, Kyambogo University Kampala, Mbarara University School of Science and Technology, Gulu University and Busitema Agricultural University.


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