More details regarding the cause of fire that burnt down King’s College Budo’s dormitory have emerged as police investigations continue. Campus Bee has learnt that the inferno started after the school administrators expelled a group of senior six students who allegedly beat up a male student for engaging in homosexuality acts.
A police source disclosed to Daily Monitor that the students were annoyed with the school administration for expelling their colleagues and yet no action was taken against the one they said deserved to be punished.
According to Uganda Police, Budo’s dormitory for female students caught fire on Tuesday at around 6:40am as the students were away for preps. Students’ property was burnt to ashes before police extinguished the fire that left no one injured.
More reports indicate that since the expulsion of the students, three other minor fires have happened at the school.
According to Patrick Bakka Male, the school’s Head Teacher, the school did not take the three minor fires seriously because they didn’t cause any damage.
“Yes, there were those fires. It is possible we didn’t take them seriously. The burning (fires) happened in places we didn’t expect until this big one,” Bakka said.
Bakka also confirmed that they expelled students, most of whom were in Senior Six, for beating up their colleague over suspected sodomy. The Head Teacher further explained that the students did not have evidence that the accused was involved in homosexuality, adding that there is no evidence that proves the fire was started by angry students.
According to Kampala Metropolitan Police Deputy Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire, they are still investigating the cause of the Tuesday inferno.
“A student, who had remained in the dormitory, told investigators that the fire started near the dormitory window. Our experts are examining the spot where she said the incident happened to verify it,” Owoyesigyire said.