The government of Uganda has come out and condemned the act of burning schools especially the recent fire outbreak St Bernard’s Secondary School in Mannya, Rakai.
During plenary where parliamentary members mourned the Rakai School victims, State Minister for Higher Education John Chrysostom Muyingo informed the lawmakers that government5 promised to cater for all the burial expenses, foot all hospital bills for injured students and rebuild the burnt dormitory.
“Government will do everything possible within its means to bring the perpetrators to justice, and we will also rebuild the school structures, treat the injured students annd cater for the burial expenses.” he said.
Muyingo further warned the perpetrators of their inevitable arrest, and pledged government support to the bereaved families and the injured.
However, the Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga has called for speedy investigations into the fire in which nine students were burnt to death at St Bernard’s Secondary School in Mannya, Rakai.
“We condole with the families of the children who perished in Mannya…I hope the government will hasten efforts to find the perpetrators,” she said.
The Sunday night inferno, according to a government statement read by State Minister for Higher Education John Chrysostom Muyingo, claimed nine and left 40 injured.
The people who burnt the students dormitory locked the students inside with a padlock and burnt it down. So far, three students who were suspended have been summoned by police and are currently the suspects with two other staff members.