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RAKAI SCHOOL FIRE: Sombre mood as government releases bodies of Mannya school fire victims

Sombre moment as Mulago City Mortuary handed over the bodies to their respective families for burial. Two of them will be buried in Isingiro District others in Rakai District (FILE PHOTO)

MULAGO- Government has Thursday released the bodies of St. Bernard’s Senior secondary school Mannya students who died in a fire that guys a boy’s dormitory early this week.

In a sombre mood at the Kampala Capital City Mortuary in Mulago on Thursday afternoon as government bodies were hand over to parents after DNA test were carried to identify students who were burned beyond recognition.

On Thursday, some of the parents who had gathered at the city mortuary broke down as caskets containing the nine bodies were loaded onto waiting funeral service vehicles.

 

Sombre mood as caskets containing the nine bodies were loaded onto waiting funeral service vehicles. (PML Daily PHOTO)

The State Minister for Primary Education, Rosemary Seninde described it as a sad moment for the entire country and education sector for the loss of the students.

 

“It is sad that we lost tomorrow’s leaders. We pray this serves as a lesson to all schools to always take the security and safety of their students as the first priority,”Seninde said adding that such scenarios should never happen to our schools.”

The junior education minister, however, urged parents to help nurture children well so they can become responsible citizens.

Owing to reports that the fire was started by some of the students suspended from the school, Seninde said it was appalling that young children could have such inhumane hearts.

“If they could do it to their fellow students, what of strangers? It is the responsibility of us as parents to ensure we nurture our children well.”

The bodies were later driven to the school in Rakai from where a requiem mass will be held before they are released to the respective families for burial.

Uganda Police Director of Health Services, Dr Moses Byaruhanga, the deceased suffocated due to heat before they were burnt to ashes (FILE PHOTO)

Dr.Moses Byaruhanga, the Director Police Health Services and chief police pathologist explained that that samples taken from the deceased’s parents were matched with those from the dead bodies.

He said that “we carried DNA samples for nine bodies and these were matched with those from the field (parents) and the results were positive.

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