Shs250 billion given to fight fire disasters
Posted Friday, October 18 2013 at 01:00
The loan will help the police establish new fire stations in different municipalities and towns.
President Museveni has given firefighting equipment worth Shs254 billion ($100 million) to Uganda Police to enable it protect business entities and its surroundings from losing property to fire.
The $100 million loan is from the Chinese government bank follows life and property losses to fires. “This equipment must be used to protect people and property and it must not be misused because I will arrest anybody who will do that,” Mr Museveni said while commissioning the firefighting facilities at Namanve on Monday.
He, however, also warned police fire fighters against stealing fuel meant to run the facilities, saying, “I do not want to hear instances that a fire truck was not able to respond to a fire because fuel was stolen.”
The equipment handed includes 20 fire tenders, 20 water tanks, four water boat fire fighters and three fire rescue boats. Inspector General of Police, Gen. Kale Kayihura said: “The equipment are fitted with video cameras to detect when the firemen received information about and when they responded.”
Government and police will establish new fire stations in municipalities and towns where frequent fires have ravaged businesses, for instance Lira, Soroti and Malaba, among others.