By our reporter
Police have finally retrieved the bodies of three builders who were buried in a septic tank they were building in Seeta along Bukerere road in Ggoma Division in Wakiso district. The bodies were retrieved this morning following botched efforts on Monday evening.
The deceased are the site engineer, Michael Mukiibi, John Ssempala and another builder only identified as Kato. Police has also confirmed two survivors who were working at the site as Isma Kagga and Faizo Ssenkubuge. The deceased’s bodies have been transferred to city mortuary at Mulago National Referral Hospital for postmortem.
Initially, four men including Ssenkubuge are believed to have been buried in the Septic tank, which is estimated to be 20 feet deep, collapsed on Monday evening shortly after the builders started working following a heavy down pour that lasted for about six hours.
Residents and police tried to retrieve the bodies on Monday but halted the exercise because of heavy rains. Although SOGEA Satom limited, which is laying pipes for the Katosi Water Works offers to assist police, none of their excavators could access the site due to lack of service lanes.
Residents tried in vain breaking the perimeter walls of nearby buildings to create way for the vehicles until another excavator from Naggulu police headquarter was brought to do the work this morning. Luke Owesigire, the Deputy Spokesperson, Kampala Metropolitan Area, says they have launched investigations to find out how such works were authorised to take place in the area.
“We are yet to find out what exactly went wrong, how he acquired plan for the building together with the septic’s approval,” Owesigire said. He also said they are closely monitoring the owner of the septic, Ronald Lwanga. However, Edward Maseruka, who is also a builder, says it appears the team was constructing a go down as opposed to septic tank.
Joash Sserunjogi, the Engineer Mukono municipality says they intend to give a full a report about what has been going on and their next course of action.