Owner of collapsed city building on the run

BY: Eyalama In News On

Police authorities in Kampala have launched a manhunt for the owner of a building that collapsed on Wednesday afternoon, killing six people.

The accident occurred on Mitala Road in Kansanga, a city suburb, when the building under construction caved in. Police have sealed off the site and opened investigations into the tragedy.

The deceased have been identified as Martin Owori, Robert Okech, James Ochwo, Nicholas Ocheng, Joseph Oburu, and Etiang Okong.
The police spokesperson for Kampala Metropolitan Area, Mr Patrick Onyango, yesterday told Daily Monitor that the owner of the building, Mr Umar Katongole, together with his technical staff are still at large. He said they are wanted to help police in the on-going investigations.

“You know when such things happen, they get scared and run away but we hope with time and when things cool down they will show up and explain what happened,” Mr Onyango said.

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Mr Onyango added that they had written to the associations of both engineering and architecture to avail some of their staff to help the police establish the cause of the collapse.

Witnesses told Daily Monitor yesterday that the building collapsed as construction commenced, killing six casual workers and leaving other three with injuries.
They blamed Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) for failure to carry out regular supervisions on buildings.

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Mr Peter Kaujju, the KCCA spokesperson, said he was aware of the collapsed building in Kansanga but declined to give details since he was on leave. He talked of a statement and referred Daily Monitor to a one John Paul Agaba, who did not answer calls by press time.

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