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Beirut Explosions: Speaker Kadaga Calls for Safety Measures in Volatile Substance Handling

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has urged authorities to use the catastrophic explosions in Lebanon as a wake-up call to streamline operations of fuel stations in Uganda’s urban centers.

While the cause is still unknown, media reports have presupposed that the explosions which claimed close to 100 people were purportedly caused by 2,750 metric tonnes of explosive nitrate.

Communicating via her face book page, Kadaga called out responsible authorities for acting complacently as far as licensing companies dealing with inflammatory substances is concerned.

“This is an eye opener to us. I urge the Prime Minister to direct institutions responsible for health and safety to put in place precautionary measures in factories and institutions which have explosive and volatile substances so that we do not suffer such a calamity,” Kadaga warned.

For one, she fore shadowed that if such a thing was to happen in densely populated urban centers, the consequences would be adverse.

“The numerous petrol stations sprawled all over areas may cause a danger to the population. We have complained about licensing petrol stations in the central business district for instance Plot 1 along Kampala Road has a petrol station and it’s near offices,” she said.

As of February 2020, a total of 1030 fuel stations across the country had been licensed by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development’s Petroleum Supply Department.

Those licensed includes Africa Oil limited that runs ten fuel stations across Kampala in areas such as Bweyogerere, Kawempe, Makindye and Nansana among many others.

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Others include the likes of City Oil which operates points at Kamwokya, Namirembe Road, Nakawa and Ndeeba to mention but a few.

In the same vein, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has today sent his condolences to the Lebanese people in a statement on the State House page.

“President Kenyatta expressed Kenya’s sympathy for the Lebanese people and wished them God’s comfort as they come to terms with the regrettable destruction of their iconic capital,” a statement from State House Kenya read.

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