An unfortunate piece of news coming from Uganda indicates that two worshipers have died and almost a dozen injured after a church building collapsed on worshippers during an evening service.
The acting Bukedi South Police Spokesperson, Mr. Moses Mugwe said the incident happened at Namulemu Catholic church in Namulemu cell, Lujehe ward in Butaleja town council on Wednesday, March 31.
“We have lost people while eight others are still admitted in hospital,” Mugwe said, adding that by the time police arrived at the scene for rescue, two people had died.
“We found some people already dead while others injured. We rushed the injured to hospital for medication,” Mr. Mugwe added.
Mr Mugwe also identified the injured as Henry Manyandi, 23; Wilfred Kadimba, 45; Petrina Masawe, 35; and Suzan Nahalomo, 35.
Others include Petwa Nabigi, 40; Pauline Namusene, 11, a pupil at Lunghele primary school in Butaleja town council; Margret Munaba, 23. Another victim not yet identified by the press.
Police said the injured were rushed to Busolwe general hospital for medication while bodies of the deceased were taken to Busolwe hospital pending postmortem as investigations continue.
“It seems the wall was poorly constructed using little cement and it could not withstand the heavy rain and hailstorm which lifted off the roof of the church,” he said.