Heavy rain destroys police homes

Jinja- At least 50 housing units in the Jinja Police Barracks in dire need of repair after heavy rain blew away the roofs.

Daily Monitor has established that more than 82 families of officers, who reside in the barracks ,were forced to put temporary roofs on their houses after the rains on Sunday.

The affected officers said strong winds blew off the old asbestos sheets that existed since the barracks was first constructed in the 1930s.

The officers said after the rain, most of them moved to put back the broken pieces of asbestos, which they now support with stones, but that the structures, many of which had already been in a deplorable state, have since been leaking heavily.

One of the officers, who preferred to remain anonymous, said their properties get soaked whenever it rains while they are away on duty.

The officer also said the police headquarters have always been informed about the problems in the barracks, but nothing has been done to address the situation, though the district police commander, Mr Apollo Kateeba, defers.

“A team from police headquarters is aware of the situation and they are in the process of working out something to ensure that the affected families’ houses are put back in good condition as soon as possible. But this cannot be done in one day,” Mr Kateeba said.

The resident district commissioner, Mr Richard Gulume, who visited the barracks soon after the downpour, said his office has since approached some private companies to come to the officers’ rescue.

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SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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