The families of nine
teachers at St Mbuga Primary school in Lugutu village Awach Sub County in
Gulu district are homeless after their houses were razed down by wildlife. The
incident happened around 1:34 pm on Wednesday when the teachers were having lunch.
One of the teachers told URN on condition
of anonymity the fire started from a bird's nest, which fell on one of the houses. He says that the fire that caught the bird's nest was from a wildfire that was burning about 200m from the school.
Geoffrey Owor, the headteacher of St Mbuga
Primary school, says that the affected
teachers lost property such as
clothing and food
items among others worth over Shillings 3.5
million. He, however, says that they managed to save some
documents and items such as furniture.
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Owor says currently, the teacher and their families are
sleeping in a classroom and
they lunch in the school kitchen. According to Owor,
despite the incident,
normal classes are going on amidst trauma
especially among the
Christopher Opio Ateker, the Gulu District LC V
Chairperson, says just
like the school, many other people and institutions did not prepare by creating
fire lines around their compounds.
Opio says that they dispatched a team from the district to ascertain the level
of destruction. Founded
in 2008, St, Mbuga
currently has an enrolment of over 710 pupils with 28 teachers.