Uganda House on fire


Smoke coming out of Uganda House

Fire has been reported at Uganda House, one of the oldest buildings in the capital Kampala.

Several people, by the time of posting this story, were still trapped in the elevator on the 4th floor of Uganda House following the fire outbreak.

Police fire brigade department was called and responded promptly.

According to police fire brigade chief, Joseph Mugisa, the fire started from a transformer near the building.

He says they managed to put out the fire without any damages.

However, sources on the ground say property worth millions was destroyed.

The old structure, located along Kampala road and owned by the Apollo Milton Obote Foundation, has been a centre of contestation between Uganda People’s Congress leaders, Jimmy Akena, and Olara Otunnu.

In December last year, Buganda Road Chief Magistrate’s Court dismissed charges of trespass against Akena, the Lira Municipality MP, who was accused of illegally occupying UPC party’s offices at Uganda House in Kampala.

Akena was charged alongside 14 others, including fellow legislators, Mr Maxwell Akora (Maruzi County – Apac), Mr Fred Ebil (Kole County) and Ms Betty Amongi (Oyam County), among others.

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