August 15, 2013

Police Seal Off City Building Over Cracks

Uganda Police on on Wednesday condoned off Superior Complex, located along Johnstone Street in Kampala, after the building developed huge cracks at the basement.

Police was called in on Wednesday evening after occupants of the building noticed the cracks. A team of Fire officers led by James Ruhweza, the DPC Kampala Central Police station, rushed and condoned off the building and evacuated all its occupants for fear that it could collapse.

Superior Complex located near Arua Park, hosts the booking offices of Gaagaa Buses and various shops that deal in General Merchandise. Ruhweza told local media that despite the fact that there are no causalities, it is risky for people to continue occupying the building in its current state. He said that cracks are big adding that the building could cave in any time.

Some of the traders say the building started cracking after the water pipes underneath it burst and soaked the foundation. They claimed that the pipes have been leaking for sometime, which they believe could to have led to the cracks in the building. By the time of filing this story, traders could be seen locking the building to protect their merchandise.

Just three weeks ago, Nice Times building, one of the oldest structures located on Plot 2 Nakivubo Mews in Kampala, caved in as workers were breaking one of its walls to create a corridor.

Seven people were injured in the incident, with officials from Kampala Capital City Authority saying the structure had been condemned only six months earlier, and that the occupants were in it illegally.

A number of buildings have collapsed in recent years, a development some authorities say is a result of not following proper building regulations.

In July 2012 a building under construction along Lugogo By-pass in Kampala collapsed, killing two workers.

In July 2011, seven people were critically injured after a building that was under construction collapsed in Ntinda, a city suburb.

In October 2008 at least seven people died after a wall collapsed at a National Social Security Fund (NSSF) construction site on Lumumba Avenue in Kampala, after the protective wall around the 120 billion-shilling construction site caved in.

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