Government releases remains of Rakai school fire victims

A sombre mood clouded the City mortuary at Mulago hospital as pathologists concluded the identification processes of the students who died in the Monday inferno at St Bernard’s SS Mannya in Rakai district.

Eleven S.3 students perished in the fire lit by arsonists who torched the dormitory after locking inside more than 60 students.

Their charred bodies were brought to Mulago for DNA tests in order to identify who is who before they are given to relatives for burial.

By 1pm, the State Minister for Primary Education Rosemary Nansubuga Sseninde had arrived at the city mortuary to witness as staff of A-plus funeral managers received the bodies for transportation to Rakai.

Sseninde is to escort the remains all the way to the school where they will be handed over to the respective families.

“It is a sad moment that these innocent souls were lost, we want to urge the school managers to be mindful of the security of children at school,” Sseninde told journalists.

Government in a statement to Parliament on Thursday pledged to assist the bereaved families to meet the burial expenses plus support to each of the families of the injured students to meet the medical expenses.

About 8 suspects, some of them S.4 students who had been expelled, have so far been arrested on suspicion of being behind the fire.