URN learned that the concern over the cracked pillars matter was brought to the Ministry of Works’ attention by the JSC, after which the ministry carried out an initial inspection and found out that the cracks in the pillar had progressed for more than a month, and similar ones were also found in some pillars in the basement.
district building control officer has disclosed that Lotis towers are going to be sealed off over cracked pillars.
Peter Paul Wanyama, the KCCA Building Controls Officer explained that after confirming the dangerously cracked pillars of the relatively new building, the next logical step they are taking is to seal it off so as to ensure the safety of
the people operating therein.
Cracks were first spotted in on one of the building's pillars on level Six by one concerned tenants, who requested a structural assessment of the building through the
ministry of works, which upon completion, recommended that occupants evacuate for
their safety and give way for a comprehensive investigation of the whole
Peter Paul Wanyama says that after the Building Committee investigations,
an order was issued for all occupants to leave the
building, and also instructing the developer to carry out a comprehensive
structural integrity evaluation of the building.
He adds that
the order also instructed that remedial measures to safeguard the building
should also be put in place to which the developer is expected to comply,
and in case of non-compliance the building would be sealed off and the
developer summoned to court as the law requires.
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is a 14-storied upscale building at plot 16 MacKinnon road in Nakasero and was
commissioned in 2019. It houses the Judicial Service Commission-JSC, Cairo Bank
International, British American Tobacco-BAT, and the Democratic Governance
Facility-DGF among other offices.
that the cracked pillars matter was brought to the Ministry of Works’
attention by the JSC, after which the ministry carried out an initial inspection
and found out that the cracks in the pillar had progressed for more than a
month, and similar though not very severe were also found in some pillars in
assessment, it was recommended that occupants should immediately vacate the
building for their safety, the slab that is supported by
this cracked pillar be immediately supported to avoid any dynamic loads, and a technical report from
the project consultant about the failures observed be obtained and the proposed remedial
actions be taken.
recommendations were taken on by the National Buildings Review Board, which
works through the area Building Committee, to effect the recommendations.
Paul Rusoke a
member of the Kampala Building Committee, says that this building was
constructed and occupied before their Building Committee was put in place. However, according
to the documentation they have reviewed, it passed through all the required
legal processes of the public health building rules which governed construction
in the city then.
He adds that
the project architect was prepared by Symbion, the structural engineer was Armstrong, and
the contractor was ROKO Uganda.
Rusoke, whatever is going on at the moment, it is people's safety that is put
first, adding that all precautionary measures will be taken to safeguard
occupants operating from this building.
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At the time
URN visited the building, offices like BAT, JSC, and DGF, were closed with no
officials in office, only police officers at JSC who mentioned that the agency
now works half day were found.
building management has since assured its tenants and stakeholders that the
structural integrity of the building is safe and they should continue enjoying
their stay at the building.
structural engineers have examined the cracks and their opinion is that the
building is safe for occupation” part of the notice stated.