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 for purposes of ascertaining the possible cause of collapse.
A bulldozer moves the rubble during the rescue efforts
The National Construction Review Board has
picked samples at the site of the building that collapsed in Kampala's Makindye division for investigation.
The building which was under construction in Kiwempe village collapsed on Saturday killing one person, injuring others believed to have been workers at the site.
Three other people were rescued alive by a team
of officers from the Police Fire and Rescue Department. Officers from the National
Construction Review Board rushed to the site on Sunday morning and were seen
picking samples of iron bars, bricks and blocks among other building materials.
They loaded the samples on a waiting double
cabin vehicle to aid their investigations. 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 for purposes of ascertaining the
possible cause of collapse.
He however told URN that preliminary findings
point to use of weak iron bars and poor sand mixture. According to Kaheebwa, findings from their investigations
will inform the charges to be brought against Abraham Kalanzi, the proprietor
of the building and his site engineer.
He advises building owners to always seek advice
from professional engineers before setting up buildings to minimise such disasters
that can lead to loss of life and money.
Twaha Bogere, the Kiwempe Village Chairperson told
URN that they had received rumors that the building had developed about three
cracks last evening and that the engineer had reportedly advised the builders
not to spend their night on the site.
"Due to President Yoweri Museveni's
directive for builders to sleep at construction sites to tame the spread of
Corona virus, the builders, about 20 in number were sleeping in the
building," said Bogere. The builders were drawn from Buziga and Katwe.
Specioza Kyalimpa, the Kiwempe Village Defense
Secretary, says they were already worried about the fast pace of the
construction works. She said the four floors were constructed in about four
"As building was taking place, others were
plastering and even plumbers came in, we were worried. Imagine such a building
being constructed in just four months!" she wondered.
Asked why they
didn't raise a red flag, Kyalimpa said they thought that the engineer was doing
the right job since they lack expertise on construction. Police has cordoned
off the building to continue with the rescue efforts.