By Frank Lukwago, Bukedde/NECJOGHA
Kampala, Uganda – The Uganda Revenue Authority has in a statement accepted that its 23-floor state of the art tower was flooded in the Monday downpour.
In a video which went viral on social media and was most likely captured by a staff member, employees are seen running away from their desks taking refuge in another corner. Computers which were on desks were left to be pounded by the leaking water.
After a while, some staff members are seen running back to their desks to pull off the computers in order to salvage them from the water impact.
It was officially opened by President Yoweri Museveni in January this year. Its completion meant that URA had to shift most of its staff from nearby Kampala offices to the Tower.
The building also houses the office of the URA Commissioner General Doris Akol.
A statement issued by Vincent Seruma, the URA head of Public and Corporate Affairs said the URA tower “is a green building, designed to use a natural ventilation system where fresh air comes through the louvers, and hot air rises through the atrium and finally exits through the louvers at the rooftop.”
Adding; “Today we experienced exceptionally heavy rains with strong winds which pushed rain water through the rooftop louvers that dropped to floor two where the atrium starts.”
The tax concluded that a more robust solution is being put in place but also at the same time maintaining the original designs to make energy-efficient and environmentally friendly.