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Lukwago, Musisi trade blame over Makerere deaths


Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, KCCA executive director Jennifer Musisi and police chief Kale Kayihura on Tuesday visited the scene of a collapsed building that killed four people in Makerere.


The building is located on Plot 80 Block 9 Makerere Hill Road.

Musisi talked to the technical teams on the ground about the unfortunate incident.

“We continue working with different teams on the rescue mission at Kyaseka Site that collapsed (11 April 2016).”

She said investigations into the cause of the collapse were launched and findings will be shared later.

“We urge all developers to always observe building regulations in place.


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Musisi blamed the contractors for non-compliance.

Lukwago, on the other hand, says he discovered there is still a long way to go in strengthening the disaster response mechanisms.

“4 people were rescued alive and 4 dead bodies recovered but the excavation which commenced yesterday is not even halfway done, and may go on for another two or more days.”


He added: “I regret to inform you that until I access my office on Thursday this week, and reconstitute the KCCA governance system, there isn’t much that I can do to address this dire situation.”

According to Lukwago, the tragedy rotates around negligence of the owner as well as the engineers.


He blamed KCCA directors of physical planning and civil engineering for allowing structures to be built without certification from the authority.


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