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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.
10 May 2020 14:07
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 months. 

"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.            

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