KYOTERA – Security authorities in newly created Kyotera district have petitioned the Ministry of East African Community Affairs, for firefighting gears at the Mutukula One Stop Border Post claiming it lacks this equipment.
Kyotera Resident District Commissioner Major David Matovu says the ministry should consider deploying a standby Fire brigade at the Border Post.
He adds that the border post hosts several petrol trucks and that increases the risk of fire outbreak.
“This place is known for receiving a bulk of fuel tanks from Tanzania, but we are worried of their safety and that of other businesses without firefighting equipment at our disposal,” Matovu noted
Masaka Central Police Station that is 92 kilometers away from Mutukula has the only fire equipment machine that is supposed to be used by the authorities at the border post.
The Chairperson of the Mutukula Forex Bureau operators Mr. David Mujaasi says they have often raised the concern during their different meetings with government officials, but their efforts had not yielded the preferred results
He adds that they operate in fear without the firefighting equipment.
Mutukula One Stop Border Point is the direct entry point between Uganda and Tanzania where a host immigration activities and customs clearing services between the two countries are conducted