BY: NECJOGHA, Correspondents Kampala
KAMPALA, UGANDA: Seven people from two different families have been confirmed dead after being hit by perimeter walls in the heavy morning downpour in the central Uganda district of Wakiso.
Evelyn Muganga of Kampala based Kaboozi FM and Peter Ssebulime of the Catholic Church owned Radio Sapientia report that five people of the same family who included a mother and her four children were killed after a neighbour’s wall fence collapsed on their house in Seguku, off Entebbe road. The incident occurred at about 5am following the Sunday morning heavy rain. The only person who survived in the family is the father is Sheikh Adinan Mujiraneza who had gone to the nearby for the Moslem early morning prayers known as Subuhi.
Kampala Metropolitan deputy police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire identified the deceased in the Sseguku incident as Aisha Nassali Adinan, Prosper Adinan, Promise Adinan, Umaria Adinan and Huzaifa Muzanganda.
Two other people were killed at Kikajjo Namasuba in almost similar cicumstances when a neighbours perimeter wall collapsed on them during the heavy rain down pour. The dead were Immaculate Namaganda and her daughter only identified as Gulanyi who had come to visit only two days before her death.
Owoyesigyire said Namaganda’s house lies in a wetland and her neighbour had blocked the drainage channel which diverted the raging water to the wall fence which gave way.
However, residents blamed the two incidents to lack of implementation of physical planning regulations and residents who construct houses in wetlands blocking the flow of water.
Though the long rain season in Uganda was disrupted in late March and April by a dry spell cause by the cyclone season on the Indian Ocean, the month of May has experienced heavy rainfall but this has been the first time for so many deaths to be recorded on one day.
(Reports by Evelyn Muganga-Kaboozi FM/ Daily Monitor, Peter Ssebulime-Radio Sapientia, photos by Shanita Nabwabye Ggayi-Pearl Fm and compiled by Andrew Kaggwa)