The source says the report encompasses what was captured by Closed Circuit Television –CCTV cameras, files retrieved from the building and accounts of the first people to arrive at the scene on the fateful night.
CID boss AIGP Grace Akullo
Grace Akullo, the Director of Criminal Investigations
Directorate -CID has reportedly received a report on the fire that burnt
Makerere University Main Building a fortnight ago. According to a source at CID, Akullo received a combined reported from forensic
and fire detectives on Thursday for review before it is made public.
detectives picked the necessary evidence and it has been extensively examined
by the forensic team. The detectives from the two departments have shared a
combined report with the director,” the source said. The source says the report encompasses what was captured by
Closed Circuit Television –CCTV cameras, files retrieved from the building and
accounts of the first people to arrive at the scene on the fateful night.
“Our detectives realized some people had picked files in the morning when the
fire was almost contained. But when the CID director raised the matter on why
people were allowed to access the building that was regarded as scene of crime,
detectives went and picked some of the files and they were used in the
investigations,” the source added.
CID Spokesperson Assistant Superintendent of Police –ASP Charles Twine, declined
to confirm claims that some people were captured entering the building a few
minutes to 10 pm on the fateful night. “Evidence is not shared in that fashion,”
However, it has since been established that the CCTV room in the main building
was intact and the forensic team has reviewed all videos captured from Friday
evening till the wee hours of Sunday morning.
“CCTVs at St Francis Chapel, St Augustine Chapel and one at the top of
Centenary Bank branch capture events for the whole day. Detectives have viewed
all the videos and have studied all the people who passed near the building for
the whole day,” the source said.
On whether CCTV footage shows people entering or standing around the building,
Twine urged the public to wait for the report that will be released on
Wednesday next week. Meanwhile, all police officers who were arrested in
connection to the fire are out on bond.
Senior Superintendent of Police – SSP Ibrahim Saiga, the Makerere University
security chief has orders to keep Makerere Main Building as a scene of crime.
Saiga has to give daily updates on the situation at the scene to Kampala Metropolitan
police leadership led by Moses Kafeero. The Main building is the oldest building
in the university that was built in 1941.
Senior Staff Reporter
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.