Following a fire at a children’s school in Masaka City on Monday morning, the police are currently detaining at least four staff members. The dormitory fire occurred at Kasaana Junior School at 4:30 am, resulting in the tragic death of seven students and injuries to five others, including matron Christine Adong. This dormitory housed around 15 children from Top and P.1 classes.
The police have taken statements from the school’s head teacher, dormitory supervisor, night watchman, and a teacher. They are currently holding these staff members and plan to release them once the investigation is complete. The matron, Christine Adong, will provide a statement once she is discharged from the hospital.
The police have submitted the staff members’ files to the Resident State Attorney to determine potential charges. It remains unclear whether these staff members are being questioned as witnesses or suspects.
Furthermore, the investigation is expanding to explore the possibility that arsonists may have started the fire, contradicting the initial report that attributed it to a short circuit caused by a phone charger. Parents and ministry of education officials have raised concerns about the frequency of school fires happening at night.
The police are working to provide a more comprehensive and accurate report on the incident in light of the conflicting accounts from various sources.