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.
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
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
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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.
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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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.