Police has Saturday arrested two Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Officials over a four storeyed building that collapsed on Friday night.
The officials under custody are attached to Makindye Division offices and they are Division Physical Planner identified as Achom Anne and a Building Inspector called Joseph Balikudembe.
“It is alleged that the KCCA officials currently detained at Katwe Police Station, learnt about the ongoing construction in that place without an approved plan,” said Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson Patrick Onyango in a statement.
According to Onyango, Achom and Balikuddembe allegedly went to the site and issued a notice to stop the construction but later on they went and removed it and allowed them to proceed.
The owner of the ill fated site has been identified as a one Kagoro who is a businessman in Kikuubo but he is currently on the run.
In his account, Onyango revealed that On Friday night, the DPC Katwe SP Benson Byaruhanga received information at around 2030 hours that a four storied building which has been under construction at Kerezia zone, Makindye Division in Kampala District had collapsed and that eight (08) people were suspected to be trapped inside in the basement.
He said that a team of police officers responded to the scene and were later joined by Police Fire Brigade but on arrival at the scene, officers were further informed that the victims were still talking and calling for help. For example, a one Alex was calling his sister on phone.
Members of the public, using axes, joined Police in searching for the victims. At around 23:45 hours, one Oonyu Godfrey 22 years, a teacher who had been working at the site as a potter since schools are closed because of COVID-19, was retrieved from the rubble.
Oonyu told rescuers that his colleagues were still trapped inside but he couldn’t tell the number.
At about 00:20 hours on September 12, 2020, an excavator was brought by KCCA and it is now on ground trying to rescue other victims.