Luweero Lax About Fire Safety

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In short
As the fire outbreaks continue to raze properties and kill people, schools and key public places in Luweero have ignored installing fire extinguishers in their premises. The few that bought fire extinguishers have abandoned servicing making them ineffective in times of a fire outbreak.

As the fire outbreaks continue to raze properties and kill people, schools and key public places in Luweero have ignored installing fire extinguishers in their premises. The few that bought fire extinguishers have abandoned servicing making them ineffective in times of a fire outbreak.
 
Recently Police and Ministry of Education and Sports directed public places and schools to install fire extinguishers as safety measure to fight fire in times of outbreak. The call came after rampant fires in country and tragedies where 25 children were killed in Budo and St. Leo’s Junior Schools inferno a couple of years ago.
 
However schools, public places and implementers of the directives in Luweero have scaled back on their fire safety measures.
 
The public places on spot  for lack of fire extinguishers include Luweero district headquarters, town council offices, Central Police Station, Chief Magistrate's Court, Electoral Commission Offices, Luweero Diocesean guest house, Christina Pub, Chapter One Pub and majority of schools among other places.
 
Fire extinguishers of six and nine kilograms cost between 200,000 to 260,000 shillings.
 
 The Luweero Resident State Attorney Richard Birivumbuka says Luweero Chief Magistrate court has no fire extinguisher because it is not catered for in the budget. 
 
A worker  at Luweero Diocesean guest house who preferred anonymity says that they installed two fire extinguishers some years back but they expired and they were reluctant to replace them.He added that even if they were operational, they lacked skills to operate them in times of fire outbreak.
 
The secretary for education in Luweero Zenar Nasur says that schools are too poor to buy the fire extinguishers and it’s unfortunate even implementers lack moral authority to enforce the order because they don’t have them.
 
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Joseph Musisi, a resident of Luweero town, believes that all places could have fire  extinguishers if police and ministry insisted on enforcing the directive.
 
Zerah Ssenoga, the head teacher of Everest College Zerah Ssenoga in Luweero town, says that although they bought the fire extinguishers, lack of fire drills means no one maybe able to use them. Ssenoga says that they are engaged in addressing students’ complaints because it leading cause of the fires.
 
The Luweero District Police Commander Godfrey Ninsiima says that its unfortunate the community are counting on police fire brigade which is not available in the district. He added that they have also backed down on fire safety campaigns over lack of law on the matter.
 
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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.