Kampala Building Collapse: Police arrest two as one survivor is recovered

Reports suggest there were eight people inside the building before it collapsed. Out of the eight , one person has so far been recovered from the rubbles while seven are still trapped down.

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Police have confirmed one person has so far been recovered as rescue efforts continue at a collapsed building in Kelezia zone, Makindye in Kampala. A Joint team of Police, KCCA and the local community has been manding a search since yesterday with a hope that others will be found alive.

On Saturday morning, Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and his team visited the site to establish the extent of the accident.

Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago at the construction site of the building that collapsed on Friday in Makindye | Courtesy photo.

According to the office of the Kampala Lord Mayor, “it was established that KCCA had halted the construction but there was adamancy. There was no proper plan and the building property had been confiscated twice on top of substandard materials.”

And as a result, two city building supervisors Joseph Balikuddembe and a one Ochom have been arrested by police to support the investigations.

At the moment Kampala has no substantive Director in charge of Physical Planning after the end out tenure of Mr. Moses Atwiine and the arrest of Mr. Ivan Katongole who replaced him in acting capacity for sanctioning the demolition of St. Peter’s Church, Ndeeba.

“It’s regrettable that currently we don’t have a substantive Director in charge of physical planning. Mr Atwine who previously held that position, albeit with questionable credentials, retired over two months ago following the expiry of his contract. His deputy, Katongole, had a very brief stint as acting director before he was arrested and charged before courts of law in connection with the illegal demolition of Ndeeba church and he is on remand in kitalya. The Head of state is under the law charged with the duty of handling the process relating to the appointment of a substantive Director and I have no idea why he is reluctant to do so,” Lukwago fumed after inspecting the site.

Rescue efforts still ongoing| Courtesy photo.

According to the KCCA Amendment Act 2019, the authority is supposed to implement the Building Control Act of 2013 by putting in place the KCCA Building Committee. “The Lord Mayor recently appointed Hon.Moses Kataabu to represent his Executive on the same but unfortunately, it hasn’t been fully constituted. The Lord Mayor sympathised with the families and community that have suffered this calamity,” the statement continued.

Reports suggest there were eight people inside the building before it collapsed. Out of the eight , one person has so far been recovered from the rubbles while seven are still trapped down.

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