By Marvin Ocol
Four pupils of New Crest Junior at Kibedi Day & Boarding Primary School in Kawempe Division, Kampala have been confirmed dead following a fire outbreak at 3am on Saturday morning.
It is alleged that the fire started at around 3am from one of the female pupils’ dormitories.
“Four female pupils have been confirmed dead while three are seriously injured ( the particulars will be provided),” Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire confirmed the incident adding, “The injured were evacuated to Kyadondo Hospital located in Kisowera Zone Kawempe I Ward in Kawempe Division, and are being treated there accordingly.”
However, according to Owoyesigyire, the school locally managed the fire outbreak and did not bring it to the attention of the nearest police at Kawempe.
“This is an act of gross negligence that caused the death and injuries of the pupils,” Owoyesigyire said.
A case file of causing death has been opened at Kawempe police station.
“Our forensic team of experts from the Directorate of Fire and from the Forensics are documenting the scene,” Owoyesigyire noted.