KAMPALA — One person has been killed and six others seriously injured following a gas explosion at a factory in Banda, a suburb near Kyambogo University.
The explosion, which occurred at about 10:45am on Thursday at a factory called Fabrication Systems Uganda Ltd , claimed the life of Tiburiwa Diana , a marketing officer at the factory. Her body was taken to Mulago city mortuary for postmortem.
The injured include Nanono Sylvia.
Wekoyera Emmanuel, Nekesa Sharon, Opio Evans, Kasawa Bernabas (critical condition) and
Namukuze Mary. They were taken to different hospitals for treatment.
Police temporarily cordoned off the scene where the explosion took place and all work was halted to allow investigations into the matter.
The incident, which occurred in Mikka Trading Centre, left area residents in shock.
According to witnesses, Taddeo Jagenda, 51, and Suleiman Kinobe, 73, had purchased the cylinder alongside others but they exploded before they could repair them. The exploding cylinder killed the two on spot and injured Serve Joshua, 9, Catherine Nagoya, 7, Timothy Kisuze, 9, and three others only identified as 6-month-old Maya, Titus, 6, and Nalukenge, 40.