Two KCCA officials have been arrested to help with investigations of the collapse of a four-storied building yesterday evening which has been under construction at Kerezia Zone, Makindye Division in Kampala District.
The detained officials include the Makindye Division Physical Planner Achom Anne and Building Inspector Joseph Balikuddembe.
“It is alleged that the KCCA officials currently detained at Katwe Police Station, learnt about the ongoing construction in that place without approved plan,” Patrick Onyango, the Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson said.
“Achom and Balikuddembe allegedly went to the site and issued a notice to stop the construction but later on they went and removed it and allowed them to proceed,” he said.
According to Onyango, the DPC Katwe SP Benson Byaruhanga received information about the incident at around 20:30hours on Friday. In addition, and that eight (08) people were suspected to be trapped inside in the basement.
According to information that has been availed to the police, the building belongs to Mr Kagolo a Businessman at Kikuubo.
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“A team of police officers responded to the scene and were later joined by Police Fire Brigade. On arrival at the scene, police were further informed that that the victims were still talking and calling for help. For example, one Alex was calling his sister on phone,” Onyango said.
Members of the public using axes also joined Police in searching for the victims.
“At around 23:45 hours, one Oonyu Godfrey 22 years, a teacher who had been working at the site as a potter since schools are closed because of COVID19, was retrieved from the rubble,” Onyango said.
“Oonyu said that his colleagues were still trapped inside but he couldn’t tell the number,” Onyango added.
At about 00:20 hours on 12/09/2020, Onyango says, an excavator was brought by KCCA and it is now on ground trying to rescue other victims.
“We are still looking for the owner of the building and his engineers,” Onyango said.