By Harriet Asingura
Following the tragic incident where nineteen people were injured and rushed to different health centres when a building collapsed while undergoing construction along Entebbe road, officials from the National Buildings Review Board (NBRB) have taken samples of all the crucial building material for assessment in order to ascertain real cause of the incident. The tragic incident happened on Sunday afternoon at Kitubulu cell, at the former location of Ssese gateway beach, Katabi town council in Wakiso district.
According to Ramesh Bhuiva one of the site supervisors, the 19 injured workers include 2 Masons, 5 pipe operators, 1 steel bender, 3 carpenters and 8 porters were at the site prior its collapse. However, no deaths were reported by press time, though 3 of the workers were said to have been rushed to different health centres in critical condition.
David Musinguzi one of the masons explained that, workers were laying gravel on the first floor when all of a sudden, the site started shaking before the building collapsed. “Most of us were on the upper floor but am not sure how many were in the basement,” said Musinguzi. Police with help of residents managed to evacuate all the said workers and rushed them to different health units. “We could not take them to Entebbe hospital which is the main known government hospital, because it is currently handling Covid19 cases,” intimated Patrick Sembatya one of the police officers who was among the rescue team.
Entebbe Division Police Commander (DPC) Micheal Kasigire ordered that all injured workers be taken to proper private hospitals and all costs be met by the contractors and owners of the building. According to Ronald Kalema the Katabi town council chairperson, the said building belongs to Sudhir Ruparelia a city mogul and property magnate. The construction site is reportedly owned by Meera Investments Ltd, which had contracted Dansul Ltd another company, for the construction works.
Meanwhile, three Construction supervisors of Indian nationality, were taken to record statements at Entebbe police station, in regard to the possible cause of the incident. Another engineer, also of Indian origin, was intercepted in areas of Mpala while trying to flee the scene. He was taken to Entebbe police station. Investigations into the matter continue vide a police file number CRB 358/2020.