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Douglas Nsubuga, the Physical Planner at Makindye Division said that despite a directive for construction works to be halted pending a review of documentation regarding the building, the developer identified as Abraham Kalanzi took advantage of the COVID-19 lockdown to accelerate works on the site.
10 May 2020 16:16
A bulldozer moves the rubble during the rescue efforts

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The building which collapsed this morning in Kansanga Kasanga, Makindye Division had been Condemned by Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Physical Planning Department in March. The department had served a notice for construction works to be halted.

The building is located in Kiwempe Village, in Makindye Division. Initial reports indicated that not less than 10 people were buried under the rubble when the tragedy occurred.  By press time, one body had been retrieved and three others rescued alive by a team of officers from the Police Fire and Rescue Department.

Douglas Nsubuga, the Physical Planner at Makindye Division said that despite a directive for construction works to be halted pending a review of documentation regarding the building, the developer identified as Abraham Kalanzi took advantage of the COVID-19 lockdown to accelerate works on the site.

URN learnt that by the time KCCA halted the works, the construction had just gone past the first floor and by the time it collapsed, the building had gone beyond the fourth floor. Nsubuga says that the building was illegal.

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Nsubuga said that the developer had not acquired approved drawings and also lacked supervision from professional engineers. He appealed to developers to always acquire the requisite documentation involving approved plans and also have the required professionals to supervise the construction works.

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Nsubuga says that they are now going to institute investigations against the developer and the circumstances under which he was constructing.

“What comes out right now, we are sure the building was illegal…it didn’t have approved plans. But again, investigations have to go on to know the owner properly and the circumstances under which he was constructing and probably, the investigation report will inform us of the next course of action,” said Nsubuga.

Currently, Uganda Police has cordoned off the building area to continue with the rescue efforts but a team from the National Building Review Board under the Ministry of Works has also drawn samples from the site for investigation.

Assistant Superintendent of Police Geoffrey Kaheebwa, the in-Charge of Law Enforcement at the National Construction Review Board, said they are going to test the samples of iron bars, sand and others for purposes of ascertaining the possible cause of the collapse. 

The National Building Review Board is charged with monitoring building developments and ensures the design and construction of buildings among others.

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Residents Account

Barbara Nalubega, a food vendor told URN that she last interfaced with the builders on Saturday evening when she served them porridge and food.  According to Nalubega and her colleague, they served the builders at around 8 pm before proceeding to their homes only to later learn that the building had collapsed. These say that the building housed over 20 builders.

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Betty Nakakande, a charcoal vendor near the collapsed building said that after the collapse, they heard calls for help but unfortunately police were not allowing any of the residents to help in the rescue process.

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