Six killed, three sustain injuries at Kansanga construction site

Six killed, three sustain injuries at Kansanga construction site
The collapsed building at a construction site in Kasanga

Kampala, Uganda | URN | Six people have been killed and three others injured in Kansanga, a Kampala suburb after a building under construction caved in yesterday Wednesday 8th, January 2020 afternoon along Mitala road.

By the time of the accident, the incomplete building was being supported by concrete and wooden poles. According to Hassan Kyangai, the deputy director Fire and Emergency Response, the dead have been identified as Martin Owori, Robert Okech, James Ochwo, Nicholas Ochieng, Joseph Oburu and Etiang Okong.

The three  who survived have been identified as Ronald Okoth, Emmanuel Odongo and Bernard Onyango.

Police said they are hunting for the owner of the building, identified as Umar Katongole after engineers fled the construction site. Ronald Okoth, one of the three survivors said the soil caved in abruptly giving no room for the six deceased to escape.

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Godfrey Kintu, a casual labourer says that since the construction of the building started mid-December last year, no single Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) official had visited the site.

Some residents of Kasanga also said that the builders were not known residents of the area, and that they could be brought on a vehicle in the morning, and driven back to an unknown place late in the evening.

Last year, a building caved in at Bakuli in Kampala killing two builders on spot. Police attributed the incident to lack supervision by city authorities.