Government tasked to explain continued collapse of buildings
Written by Rurekyera Geofrey on September 7, 2021
Speaker Jacob Oulanyah has tasked the Government to provide a detailed report on the perpetual fall of buildings that have claimed the lives of innocent Ugandans.
This followed a matter raised by Ronald Balimwezo (Nakawa East) who detailed incidents where over 4 structures have fallen and claimed lives within 2021. He cited two buildings in Kansanga and one along Kampala Road and the recent one in Kisenyi.
Balimwezo hinged his concern on the recent incidence after a four storage building along Kisenyi road collapsed killing 7 people, after the building caved in but the remaining part of the building is still standing with major structural cracks, further creating fear in the City with fear it would cause harm to the community.
In response, Musa Ecweru, State Minister for Works promised to table the report before Parliament, remarking, “It is true that we have lost people in the property, the Ministry of Works we have a Uganda National review Bill. Immediately I heard of this I have committed to the board to quickly come up with an answer to what happened and if need be bring culprits to book. I will come with a comprehensive report on what has happened.”
It should be recalled that Kampala Capital City Authority yesterday issued a statement admitting that the deadly structure was illegal and therefore, the Authority couldn’t per take in supervising it and there were numerous notices issued to the developer to stop works, but the owner defied all warnings from KCCA.
“The developer ignored KCCA instructions to halt works with the same impunity exhibited at the recent construction site collapse. These accidents could have been avoided if the developers heeded KCCA’s directives,” read in part KCCA’s statement.
The Authority attributed the perennial fall of buildings on developers employing unqualified personnel, poor work methods, poor materials, inadequate designs among others.