Mukono fire: Orphans get sponsors


Three children, whose mother and their three siblings perished in a fire in Mukono District last week, have got benefactors.

The police together with Novawood, a global decking company, on Monday intervened following a story published by the Daily Monitor last week highlighting the plight of the children.

Thirty eight-year-old Afuwa Nakazibwe perished with her children, Kulayisi Mubiru, Denis Sserumaga and Hajala Namyala, all aged between two and nine in a morning fire at Wakisi Trading Centre in Nama Sub-county.

On the fateful day, they had visited their grandmother’s house three kilometres away from their home. The orphaned children are Jamil Luyima, 7, Shafiq Kizito, 6, and their eldest sister Masitula Nankya, 20.

Novawood has enrolled Luyima and Kizito at Aunt Missionary School on Entebbe Road while Ms Nankya has been offered a job at the company. The Novawood managing director, Mr Gyu-Jae Han, who visited the family, said they will train Ms Nankya to get necessary skills to maintain her job.

“Novawood is going to educate the two boys and ensure their wellbeing,” Mr Han said.The company also donated beddings and food items to their grandfather, Mr Edirisa Nkuba. “I am delighted by this great gift from God. I need nothing more but to thank these messengers (Novawood),” Mr Nkuba said.

Kampala East police boss Siraje Bakareke said Novawood management approached the Force after this newspaper published the fire story, seeking guidance on how to help the family.“We thank Novawood for their support and call on other companies to always do the same for people in need,” Mr Bakareke said.

Police in Mukono are still hunting for the suspected arsonist.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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