Shock has gripped the residents of Komamboga Central Zone in Kawempe Division, a Kampala city suburb, following the death of three people in a new septic tank on a construction site. The dead include the site Engineer.
According to eyewitnesses, the trio seem to have died in the process of fixing in the pipes of the new septic tank, after suffocating inside at around 11:00 am.
Noah Mukasa Sserumaga, the Komamboga central chairperson, said one builder descended into the septic tank to lay pipes, but did not return. This prompted his colleague also to descend down in the process of checking on what had happened to his colleague but also died in the process.
The situation of the duo prompted the site engineer to also descend into the septic tank to find out, where he also met his death. Some of the residents who were in shock only identified the site owner as James Ssaaka, and said the deceased persons were all new in the area.
The response team, led by Kawempe District Police Commander Robert Kuzala, have retrieved the bodied at around 2:00 pm after hours of waiting in vain for the rescue team from the clock Tower, the headquarters of Fire and rescue Police services.
Kuzala said they have started investigations to ascertain the actual cause of this death. Police have since cordoned off the site and barred people from accessing it again as investigations kick-off.
“This is terrible and there isn’t much we can do until investigations are complete,” Kuzala told the residents. “I only want to request you to avoid tampering with this crime scene, because the investigations will continue to find out anything that could have led to this kind of death. “
The residents have also appealed to the Police to put emergency rescue teams at each of the police Divisions, which would help in saving more lives.
The bodies of the deceased have been conveyed to the city mortuary at Mulago for the post mortem reports as investigations into their actual cause of death continues.