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KCCA Dragged to Court for Neglecting City Manholes

Legal Brains Trust, a human rights watchdog based in Kampala has dragged Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) to court over alleged negligence which resulted in the death of Cissy Namukasa who recently drowned in a manhole in Nakawa division.

On 2nd May 2020, Police CCTV cameras captured images of how Namukasa,  who was walking  from Bugolobi ended up drowning in a manhole during a heavy down pour.

In their application filed on Thursday, the applicants want court to compel KCCA to multiply their efforts to search and recover the deceased’s body and accord her a decent burial

These also want the Authority to pay compensation to the family of the deceased of a sum of Shs 500million, and also to make a public apology and an admission that they failed to implement their statutory duties that resulted in Namukasa’s death.

Court has also been asked to compel KCCA to take steps to enhance protection of city dwellers especially pedestrians from potential loss of life and limbs especially during extreme weather conditions like flooding in the city.

This evidence to support this application is contained in an affidavit sworn by counsel Isaac Ssemakadde one of the Directors for Legal brains trust.

Ssemakadde contends that the current state of roads, drainage channels, sewers and related infrastructure in the city is demonstrably unsafe and inherently hazardous to city dwellers.

He pointed out other individuals who drowned in uncovered manholes like Brenda Omuntu Katiiti a cashier at Barclays Bank who drowned at an open channel at Katwe in 2011 and many others

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