By Patrick Jaramogi
Kampala and neighbouring districts will get 10 fire stations before the year ends, the Inspector General of Police, Maj. Gen. Kale Kayihura, has revealed. Sources said the project would cost over sh10b.
Currently, Kampala has only one fire station located at the Clock Tower. The new stations will be at Bugolobi, Ntinda, Natete, Bweyogerere, Kawempe, Kabalagala, Nansana, Mukono and Kajjansi.
Kayihura was addressing Kisekka Market vendors after touring the burnt structures at the market following the August 30 fire outbreak.
A total of 98 stalls were destroyed, leaving 321 vendors jobless. The market management said at least sh2.9b was lost in the fire.
The cause of the fire is being investigated by the works ministry, the Government analytical laboratory and the Police Criminal Investigations Department.
The new fire stations followed complaints from the vendors that the Police fire fighting trucks and its equipment were archaic.
Kayihura was led by the Kampala Metropolitan Police commander, Andrew Sorowen, and the southern regional Police commander, Moses Kafeero.
Kayihura asked the management to beef up security at the market. He donated sh5m for the renovation of the market.
The vendorsâ€™ chairperson, Michael Kisembo, said following the fire outbreak, all illegal wiring had been outlawed in the market that deals mainly in second-hand motor vehicle spare parts.
He said the market management had also ordered all merchandise sold in corridors to be removed to create space in case of any emergency.