Katwe police has arrested two KCCA engineers for approving an illegal construction of a four storied building at Kerezia zone, Makindye Division in Kampala District which collapsed yesterday.
The KCCA officials have been identified as the Makindye Division Physical Planner Achom Anne and Building Inspector Joseph Balikuddembe.
According to Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango, It is alleged that the KCCA officials learnt about the ongoing construction in that place without approved plan.
“Achom and Balikuddembe allegedly went to the site and issued a notice to stop the construction but later on they went and removed it and allowed them to proceed.” He said.
Onyango says yesterday, the DPC Katwe SP Benson Byaruhanga received information at around 20:30hours that the building collapsed and that eight (08) people were suspected to be trapped inside in the basement.
According to information that was availed to the police, the building belongs to Mr Kagolo a Businessman at Kikuubo. The incident reportedly occurred at about 20:00hrs.
Onyango says a team of police officers responded to the scene and were later joined by Police Fire Brigade.
“On arrival at the scene, police were further informed that that the victims were still talking and calling for help. For example, one Alex was calling his sister on phone. Members of the public using axes joined Police in searching for the victims. At around 23:45 hours, one Oonyu Godfrey 22 years, a teacher who had been working at the site as a potter since schools are closed because of COVID19, was retrieved from the rubble.” Onyango said.
“Oonyu said that his colleagues were still trapped inside but he couldn’t tell the number. At about 00:20 hours on 12/09/2020, an excavator was brought by KCCA and it is now on ground trying to rescue other victims.” He added.
Police is still looking for the owner of the building and his engineers.