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Building Collapses in Rubaga, Kills One Person

Area residents led by Moses Kyobe said that the building which was still under construction collapsed at around midnight and trapped five people, all builders at the same site. However, only one body was recovered from the debris, alongside mobile phones believed to belong to the rest of the builders.
The collapsed building

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A five-storey building has collapsed in Rubaga division and killed one person. The incident happened in Kitebi zone, near Wankulukuku on the outskirts of Kampala, last night.

Area residents led by Moses Kyobe said that the building which was still under construction collapsed at around midnight and trapped five people, all builders at the same site. However, only one body was recovered from the debris, alongside mobile phones believed to belong to the rest of the builders.

Joseph Ssalongo, one of the local leaders said that the owner of the building, a businessman identified as Obedi Kiwanuka was still out of reach. However, he blames the incident on the use of substandard materials and lack of proper supervision by City authorities.

“We have been seeing the construction going on even at night. We don’t know the site engineers and the owner... Does KCCA supervise these buildings,? Ssalongo said.

Vox-pops//Cue; “ekizimbe kyona omusenyi… 

Cue…twatandise okuzikula.”//       

Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigire has identified the deceased as Kelvin Nyanzi, one of the workers at the construction site, adding that his body has now been taken to the City Mortuary in Mulago. Owoyesigyire said Katwe Police Division has started pursuing the owner of the building.

A team from the National Building Review Board, led by their investigations officer, Eng Solom Balemeezi who visited the scene said they were still establishing the cause of the collapse but added that the site engineer would be sued if found liable for the shoddy work.

“The National Building Control Act 2013 specifically stipulates the punishment for whoever is liable. Our Team is already on the ground to assess the cause of the accident. Balemeezi said. 

//Cue; “ekiliwo kati ntisa… 

Cue…naye naga bino.”//    

Aloysius Mukasa the Rubaga South MP, who was also at the scene said the fights within Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA are partly to blame for the continuous collapse of buildings in Kampala.

//Cue; “twagala manya oba …

Cue…plans mu kcca.”//    

But Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA says that several developers alter approved plans without the consent of authorities while those without approved plans construct at night to evade law enforcers. 

Hajjati Minsa Kabanda, the Minister for Kampala Capital City and Metropolitan Affairs has ordered investigations on the Rubaga division teams of inspectors who slept on the job.

Last year, several people were injured in another four-storied building that collapsed in Kelezia zone, Makindye. The building collapsed hours after a downpour that devastated several parts of the city.