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Two deaths confirmed in Mukono building collapsePublish Date: Dec 21, 2013
Two deaths confirmed in Mukono building collapse
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The building collapse claimed two lives, according to Police. PHOTO/Henry Nsubuga

By Henry Nsubuga

MUKONO - Police in Mukono district confirmed the death of two people after a building under construction collapsed on Friday.

Six others were taken to hospital under critical condition when the storeyed building crumbled in the morning hours, around 9.00am local time (EAT).

The victims were trapped on the ground floor which was space for a bar and restaurant.

Police identified the dead as Herbert Wangwe Wapowo, a resident of Muyende village in Bulambuli district and Ronald Balikoowa who resided in Bugiri district.

The two were builders on the site, located in the centre of Mukono town, Division Police Commander Alfred Bangambaki said.

The building’s ground floor housed Shade Gardens bar and restaurant whose six staff were helped out of the wreckage with serious injuries.

Betty Tebandeke, the chef and Hope Nabukenya sustained severe injuries. Winnie Mutesi, Phiona Nabirye and other two who were not readily identified also escaped.

  The UPDF worked hand-in-hand with the Police on a search for survivors. PHOTO/Henry Nsubuga

Scores of residents collected at the site for a first-hand witness of the developments. PHOTO/Henry Nsubuga

DPC Bangambaki said stakeholders in Mukono Municipality including politicians, technical staff and the Police held a meeting at Colline Hotel Friday evening during which they resolved to have the ministry of works inspect the cause of the collapse.
Mukono District Resident Commissioner, Tom Fisher Kasenge said the stakeholders cited some buildings in the municipality which are dilapidated and are at a risk of collapsing too.

A five-man committee to investigate the matter was instituted during the meeting.

“For any building which will be proved outdated and in wanting situation, we have resolved to have it demolished,” said Kasenge.

The minister of State in charge of children’s affairs, Ronald Kibuule visited the scene and called for an immediate probe into the incident.

“Anybody who will be found behind the cause of this – be it the engineers or the owner of the building – must be held answerable,” he said.

Volunteers during the rescue mission criticized the poor size of the iron bars and other materials which were used in the construction.

Mukono municipality mayor Johnson Muyanja Ssenyonga asked the residents to be calm as Police and other technical people carry out investigations.

The bodies of the deceased were taken to Mulago hospital for postmortem.

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