Rwanda National Police
Preliminary findings into what caused the collapse of a catholic church that was under construction in Muhanga District have pointed at poor construction materials where engineers used weaker iron bars that couldn’t hold the structure’s heavy pillars, Police said.
The structure collapsed on February 16, claiming lives of two people and injuring 14 others.
According to the Southern Region Police spokesperson, Chief Inspector of Police Emmanuel Kayigi, “We immediately opened the investigations into what caused the accident and so far we found out that the iron bars used were smaller in size than what was required.”
He added that the amount of cement used was also less than what was required to hold the pillars.
“Investigations are still underway to put all facts together and to bring all those responsible for the substandard construction, to book,” Kayigi said.
Meanwhile, ten of the injured were rushed to Kabgayi hospital where they are receiving medical care while the other four that sustained minor injuries were taken to Gisovu Health Center.
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