According to 2019 report by the Director of Fire and Emergency Rescue in Uganda Police Force, AIGP Joseph Mugisa more than 190 people drowned in trenches, lakes, rivers and septic tanks across the country.
Legal Brains Trust has dragged Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA
and the government to court seeking orders to compensate the
family of Cissy Namukasa who drowned in a flooded open manhole.
Namukasa a resident of Kitintale was walking near the traffic lights in Nakawa during the heavy downpour of May 2nd.
Her body is yet to be recovered.
In documents filed before the Civil Division of High Court in Kampala, Legal
Brains Trust through its director Isaac Ssemakadde contends that Namukasa's
right to life was violated as a result of KCCA and government's failure to make
city drainage channels safe for pedestrians.
Ssemakadde states that government and KCCA must respect and promote rights of
city dwellers by protecting them from unsafe and hazardous roads and drainage
channels, sewers and related infrastructure.
He adds that KCCA and government have wrongfully commissioned roads, drainage
channels, sewers and related infrastructure with inadequate human safety
protections like open manholes that pose a danger to the urban dwellers and
vulnerable groups like; children, persons with disabilities and those with mental
problems among others.
Ssemakadde has gathered key five records of people who have lost lives as
a result of open water channels in Kampala since 2011 and attached them as
He wants court order directing the government to double their efforts and
expeditiously search for the body of the deceased and accord it a decent burial
as well as compensating the family.