Makerere University will require an estimated Shs 16bn ($5m) to rebuild the Main Building which was destroyed by a fire in September. This is according to Vice Chancellor, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe.

“This is a government institution. We are preparing a formal report to government detailing what happened.

The preliminary cost (of rebuilding) estimated by the Engineers who are working on it is Shs 16bn ($5m),” Prof Nawangwe told the BBC recently.

“It’s a lot of money. We don’t have this as a university but we believe that government will handle this as a national asset. But if government cannot handle this, we are going to appeal to our more than 300,000 living alumni who are everywhere around the world. I have no doubt that we will raise the money,” he added.

The Vice Chancellor revealed that equipment worth Shs 1.5bn was destroyed in the September fire whose cause is still being investigated by Police.