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NSSF Building works illegal, says KCC

By Vision Reporter

Added 16th October 2008 03:00 AM

THE KAMPALA City Council (KCC) has said the excavation works at the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) building site on Lumumba Avenue were not authorised.

THE KAMPALA City Council (KCC) has said the excavation works at the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) building site on Lumumba Avenue were not authorised.

By Juliet Waiswa and Godfrey Kimono

THE KAMPALA City Council (KCC) has said the excavation works at the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) building site on Lumumba Avenue were not authorised.

City engineer Steven Kinyera told a press conference yesterday that the original plan, approved by KCC in May 2005, indicated that the building would have two basement levels and eight floors. However, the preliminary findings by KCC showed that the excavation at the site was deeper than what the plan provided for.

“The initial plan was to have the length of a two-level basement, excavated at a depth of seven metres, and an eight-level structure,” Kinyera said.

NSSF, he added, had not sought approval from KCC for the change of plan. He admitted that before the structure collapsed, they had visited the site as part of their routine inspection work.

During the press conference at the Mayor’s Parlour, mayor Nasser Sebaggala confirmed that the works which were going on at the site were not authorised.

Sebaggala said NSSF had submitted to KCC a number of plans for approval and some had not been approved.

“We don’t know at this stage which plans NSSF was following,” Sebaggala said. KCC would carry out thorough investigations into the matter, he added.

The foundation wall of the building on Lumumba Avenue collapsed on Tuesday morning, killing seven people and seriously injuring two others.

Roko, the contractor, says on its website that Pension Towers would upon completion have commercial and office space of 27,000 square metres and a parking area for over 500 cars. Roko was undertaking the construction jointly with Sentogo Architects.

Roko, which has projects in Uganda, Congo, Rwanda and Sudan, also won the contract for the construction of Mapeera House on Kampala House, the new home of Centenary Bank, and renovated Serena Hotel in Kigali.

NSSF Building works illegal, says KCC

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