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Engineer: KCCA knew rotten state of collapsed building


Engineer Jackson Mubangizi says Kampala Capital City Authority was aware of the state of Kyasekka Towers which collapsed killing four people.

“Our teams are going there to start investigation. What is unclear is whether KCCA were informed about state of the building,” Mubangizi said while appearing on NBS TV on Tuesday.

He said the collapsed building located along Makerere Hill Road was under construction but yet it was already occupied.

“The building can start failing right from the design stage. A weak foundation can also lead to collapsing.”

He said the strength of the concrete used on a building can either keep the building up or bring it down.

“If we prove that engineer was reckless, Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers (UIPE) punishes; highest punishment is withdrawal of license.”

UIPE can also punish engineers found guilty of recklessness by suspending them.

Another expert Isaac Kimaze said when it comes to the falling state of city buildings, at the top of the pyramid of culpability is the KCCA.

Culpability would be based on professional negligence.

KCCA Executive Director and her technical team are at the top.

“There’s a history of collapsing buildings in Kampala which should have effected changes but nothing has been done,” Kimaze said.

He said providers of buildings materials and the owner are also culpable.

“We need to strengthen our legal resolve and enforcement.”

According to Kimaze, political will is lacking and as a society, Ugandans have failed the victims who deserve the highest in court rewards.

“As a society, we are also lazy; we enter buildings still under construction and never ask for approval certificates.”

Kimaze said he has no full confidence in any building in Kampala.

“We are only surviving by God’s grace.”

KCCA ED Jennifer Musisi, Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and police chief Kale Kayihura visited the scene and ended up playing blame games.



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