Government spends Shs 100m on Rakai school fire victims


At about 4pm, A-plus funeral services hearses drove into Kalisizo Hospital to a reception by wailing family and friends of some of the students that perished in the Sunday night inferno at mortuary at St Bernard’s SS Mannya in Rakai district.

The State Minister for Primary Education Rosemary Nansubuga Sseninde was in tow of the bodies.

At Kalisizo, she handed over three bodies to the respective parents, plus Shs 5m each from government to assist in funeral arrangements.

She continued to Mannya where other parents were waiting where she again handed over the bodies to the respective families plus a government contribution of Shs 5m.

The chairman of the school’s board of directors, Rev Fr Joseph Ssembatya led a requiem mass for the dead students but with an attack on the local residents whom he accused of “talking too much.”

A priest sprinkles blessed water on the coffins of the dead students

Fr Ssembatya urged the locals to let the police carry on its investigations independently.

About 40 students are still under medical care but 7 of them, according to the school’s headmaster, Henry Nsubuga, are still in critical condition.

Each of the injured students received Shs 1m from government which was delivered on Wednesday by the State Minister for Microfinance, Harunah Kyeyune Kasolo.