The president of the Forum for Democratic Change, Mr Patrick Amuriat, has criticised the ruling NRM party for not doing enough to equip the police fire department in the wake of the fire incident that gutted the Main Building at Makerere University.
Police struggled to put out the fire that destroyed a bigger section of the building and according to Mr Amuriat, the ruling party cannot fail to prioritise the fire section after over 30 years in power.
“Still disturbing that Ugandan government under dictator Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has put a lot of resources in espionage to specifically detect peaceful demonstrations and has left the fire department of Uganda Police dilapidated with no capacity to fight fire even 4 Kilometres from its headquarters. It’s disheartening to believe that the Country has less than 10 fires brigade vehicles which are in bad condition and shape with low pressure that can’t push water upwards. Our government priorities are definitely known,” he said in a statement issued on Sunday.
The FDC leader added that if it was an opposition rally, the police would have rushed fast to suppress it yet they failed to quickly put off the Makerere fire.
“If this incident that took place in the wee hours of the night was a Political activity by the FDC or any kind of peaceful demonstration, security forces would have been in place before even the activity begins,” he said.
Mr Amuriat tasked the ruling government to invest in modern fire fighting equipment including helicopters.
“Train more human resources and research in disaster detection, incidental reporting systems and post disaster recovery mechanisms. Establishment of firefighting systems and hypersonic sensors on all buildings including permanent water source points as the case is in most modern countries,” he said.