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The Minister for Relief and Disaster Preparedness Eng. Hilary Onek has tasked management at Crest Foam Industries to explain the circumstances under which fire gutted their factory killing 6 of its workers.

The Minister was Tuesday visiting the factory to assess the impact of the fire.

“They need to explain to us how it happened because it seems there was a little bit of carelessness. They knew that mattresses were petroleum products and had to be careful but it seems they didn’t adhere to this, for sale cheap ” Onek noted.

“They must answer for what happened through a statement recorded at police and if they refuse, then police will have to force them.”

According to the minister, government will give support to the families of the dead but warned that such mistakes and carelessness of the company management should never happen again.

According to partial investigations by the police fire and rescue department, the fire that razed the factory was caused by sparks from welding.

“We have found welding wires and machines which indicate that the fire was as a result of the sparks from the welders that fell on the mattresses. We wonder why welding had to be done near highly flammable mattresses,” said Hassan Kihanda, the head of disaster and fire rescue services in police.

“The dead were at the extreme end at the beginning of fire and died due to suffocation because they could not escape because there was no exit.”


The police officer revealed that 6 bodies had been retrieved on Tuesday morning from the inferno and had been taken to hospital where DNA tests would be carried out before being released to the relatives.

However efforts to talk to one of the managers of the factory were not successful after she refused to speak to both the minister and the media.

One of the workers who spoke to this website on the condition of anonymity revealed that carelessness was the order of the day at the factory and attributed the same to the death of his colleagues.

“One of the welders argued that production stops and they first finish their work (welding) but was asked proceed with his work or leave it,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ministry of Gender labor and social development revealed today that the factory on Ntinda – Stretcher road was not registered with them in accordance with the law.

The Ministry’s Mr Alex Asiimwe informed reporters at the Uganda Media Center that even architectural drawings of the factory were not approved by the commissioner.

“The Factory had no adequate fire preparedness and response systems including escape routes, chemical safety systems and fire extinguishers,” he said.

The minister noted that yesterday’s disastrous incident could have been avoided if the Occupational safety and health Act 2006 was being followed by the Factory.

“We are mandated to ensure that all public and private work places adhere to safety and health measures.
With word going round about how underachieving Uganda Cranes Coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has been rewarded by Fufa with a further 3-year contract extension, page Mali have decided against renewing the contract of Polish coach Henryk Kasperczak following the Eagles poor outing at the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Mali Football Federation said that after a meeting with the 68-year-old Polish coach “it was agreed his contract will not be renewed”.

It ends a second spell for Kasperczak who was unable to steer Mali out of their group in Equatorial Guinea.

Mali were eliminated after the drawing of lots with Guinea as both were tied on points after the three group games.

The former player who represented Poland at the World Cup guided Mali to fourth place finish at the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations Cup which they hosted.

Kasperczak has also coached Ivory Coast, cure Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia and participated in six Africa Nations Cup finals.

Alain Giresse, Stephen Keshi and Patrice Carteron are believed to be the frontrunners for the vacancy with an announcement expected by 25 March.

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