Tears & Grief As 11 Bodies Of Blind Pupils Who Perished In Fire That Gutted School Are Handed To Parents

Tears & Grief As 11 Bodies Of Blind Pupils Who Perished In Fire That Gutted School Are Handed To Parents

By Ivan Mwine

It was a somber mood today as a requiem mass was being held at Salama School For the Blind in Kisoga, Mukono district, where 11 blind pupils perished in an inferno that gutted the school last week.

After the mass, the bodies were handed over by authorities to the bereaved  families by forensic experts who had taken  them for DNA so as to establish their real parents and or relatives.

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Eleven pupils died after a fierce fire gutted the dormitory at Salama School for the Blind in Kisoga, Mukono district on October 25th, 2022,  although the cause of the inferno is yet  to be established by the police.

Caskets containing bodies of the deceased blind pupils

Following the incident, the headteacher of Salaama School for the Blind, Francis Kinubi, confirmed that 11 pupils perished in the fire which burnt down one of the dormitories, prompting the police to take the bodies for DNA.

The deceased were identified as; Patricia Nakayima, Shamillah Kalamu (P5), Patricia Mudondo (P5), Gladys Namugga (P5), Rebecca Namulondo (P1), Josyline Josephine Namuwonge, Peace Nalumiisa, Agnes Nantume, Pretty Parwoth, Veronica Nassali (P1) and Ketty Nagutu (P1).

However, although the police are yet to issue a conclusive report about their investigations, local leaders, among them, Peter Bakaluba Mukasa, the Mukono District chairperson, pointed at a land wrangle of the 35 acres on which the school sits as a possible cause for the incident.

“I had received some issues on that land in my office with some people claiming ownership of that land with an aim of evicting the school,” Bakaluba told the media.

But security personnel shortly thereafter cautioned residents against making “conclusions about the cause of the fire”, urging them to wait for police investigations.

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