Wednesday, 25 February 2009
The fire department is a stone throw away from Owino market but the fire brigades had no water at the time the fire was spreading to the entire market. It took another fire fighting company, Fire Masters from Entebbe 40 kms away from the scene to come and put it down.
5 people were injured in the process though no deaths were registered. Parliament will be having a special session next week to tackle the rampant fires that have occurred in the recent past.
Riot police and Military police were deployed in various parts of down town Kampala as the traders were becoming violent after the loss. It is also assumed that many of these traders keep money in these stalls so it is not only property and goods that were caught up but also cash.
The shops along that area did not open as traders who were mourning the loss of their property plus sympathizers gathered to witness what was Kampala's most popular market in flames. As the fire started some people were able to communicate to those they knew to come to the scene but even when they got there, police stopped them from going to the stalls either because they could not tell who the bonafide owners were at the time or they were only being responsible by saving lives and letting the property go.
A yellow bus was seen trying to cruise along that area and as fate could have it the traders threw stones at it shattering all the windows. However as the day closed in reconstruction of the stalls had kicked off as they waited for the next steps.