Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) has called upon government to look into setting regulations that ensure buildings are revolutionized with fire detecting equipment, water points to be used in emergency situations and fire extinguishers to be put in strategic places.
UPC says that the fire brigade section should also be fully funded to be up to the task whenever they are alerted.
“We have had fire outbreaks at schools and other places of work like factories, stores and endless fires in open markets among others with huge losses of property worth millions if not billions, and sometimes death is registered,” Sharon Oyat Arach, the party spokesperson told journalists at the party headquarters in Kampala on Wednesday.
“The recent one is the fire outbreak at Joint Medical Stores (JMS) that recorded a loss of property worth Shs 7bn as explained by the Joint Medical Stores (JMS) management,” she added.
These outbreaks, she noted, are always attributed to electricity short circuits, charcoal stoves “and we are yet to see the released comprehensive report (s) to ascertain the real cause of the fire.”
Arach was commenting on the 2020 Annual Police Crime Report which indicated that the country is experiencing an increase in criminal offenses especially domestic violence and fire outbreaks despite a backdrop in traffic related cases.
According to the report, released by the Inspector General of Police on Monday April 19, fire outbreaks and domestic violence are on the increase at 1,015 and 17,664 in 2020 compared to 2019 which was at 999 and over 13,600 respectively with reductions in crime cases and traffic accidents.
“Let us hope that the report and recommendations therein will be used effectively for the common good,” she noted.
Meanwhile, Arach noted that in order to reduce the domestic violence cases, “we need to effectively empower family units and create awareness whereby we discourage breaking up of families as well as emphasizing dialogue as a means of solving any family issues at hand.”
Adding: “Not forgetting the big role which the social supporting systems of families, clans and society in general play! At the same time, UPC calls for peace and calm in all aspects of our lives, be it social, economic or political.”
She called upon the local Council systems at village level to be more vigilant and respond promptly to families with on and off issues that have a potential of erupting into domestic violence.
“The Local Councils ought to be more trained on how to resolve domestic conflicts to attain a lasting solution to domestic violence,” she noted.
Much as the report shows a decrease in crime cases, Arach said that police and other security Agencies need to cause a spirited fight and come up with water tight measures to avert robberies and restore sanity with the people in the community.