One Pupil Dies, Matron Faints In Nakasongola School Fire

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George William Kajura, the Nakasongola District Education Officer, says the deceased pupil suffocated to death when the matron left her behind as she was trying to save other pupils.

Fire has gutted St. Jude Primary School Kakooge in Nakasongola district killing a primary one pupil and living the matron hospitalised. Police have identified the deceased pupil and matron as Favor Etenal and Miriam Bihingirwe respectively. 
 
 
Bihingirwe fainted while rescuing pupils and was rushed to St Franciscan Health Center IV. Preliminary police investigations show that the fire started around 1am on Wednesday night. It gutted the girl's dormitory, which has been accommodating more than 100 girls from Primary four to Seven.
 
 
George William Kajura, the Nakasongola District Education Officer, says the deceased pupil suffocated to death when the matron left her behind as she was trying to save other pupils. 


He says according to their interaction with pupils, the fire started from a kerosene lantern before it spread to a mosquito net, mattresses and eventually burnt down the dormitory.

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Sam Kigula, the Nakasongola District LC 5 Chairperson has ruled out arson following his interaction with pupils. According to Kigula, the pupils were using a lantern when the fire started because power was off.
 
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Brother Viane Tongeirwe, the Head teacher St. Jude Primary School, says the other learner escaped unhurt but lost property worth millions of Shillings. Jonathan Apuwae, the Officer in Charge of Kakooge Police Station, says they have started investigating the cause of the fire.
 

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Some of pupils told URN that the fire escalated after their colleagues kicked lanterns during the stampede as they were running for dear lives. About 200 out of the 1130 pupils enrolled at St. Jude Primary School are borders. 

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.