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Makerere Receives 55M Donation Towards Reconstruction of Main Administration Building

Makerere University is in the process of reconstructing the Main Building that was gutted by a fire a year ago.

Makerere University is in the process of reconstructing the Main Building that was gutted by a fire a year ago.

The Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China has made a substantial donation of UGX 55 million towards the reconstruction of the Makerere University Main Administration Building, the Makerere University Vice-Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe has announced.

“I wish to thank the Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China for the very generous contribution of UGX 55 million for the reconstruction of the Makerere University Main Administration Building. Thank you very much indeed,” Prof Nawangwe tweeted.

The iconic building, also known as the Ivory Tower, was gutted by a mysterious fire on September 19th sending a shock wave across the country, as history spanning close to eight decades was reduced to ashes.

Days after the dark day, the University Council announced a restoration plan. However, there was a need to understand the integrity of the structure before a decision on the scope of the work could be taken.

Prof. Nawangwe said the plan was to rebuild the structure using modern technology but ensuring that it looks exactly as it was.

The chief government valuer had valued the Ivory Tower at 15.4 billion Shillings. But in earlier interviews, Prof Nawangwe had indicated that restoration will certainly consume more money than that presented in the valuer’s report.

It’s also worth remembering that weeks after the fire, the university announced it would start fundraising drives to raise the Shs 15 billion to rebuild the iconic building.

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A cabinet resolution last month advised that all key elements be retrieved and stored in the museum called the main building museum 2020.

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