High Court set to hear case filed against KCCA of a woman who drowned & died in a city manhole

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High Court to hear a case filed against KCCA of a woman who drowned & died in a city manhole. Whisper Eye Reports.

Kampala-based democracy and human rights watchdog, Legal Brains Trust led by Counsel Isaac Ssemakadde petitioned court over Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) negligence to maintain drainage channels.

On 2nd May, 2020, Ms Cissy Namukasa drown in the Nakawa drainage, and died.

The petition is against Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and the Attorney General (AG).

In a press statement issued after serving court papers on KCCA and AG, Advocate Stanley Okecho of GEM Advocates explained that the watchdog seeks a timetable of court-ordered progress reports concerning the efforts taken or intended to be taken by KCCA, police and other lawful agencies in the search for the body of Cissy Namukasa.

A video showing how Namukasa lost her life

“Court has been petitioned to order that KCCA and other government agencies shall not discontinue the search for the body of Cissy Namukasa, and shall report periodically about their efforts, until a final decision on the main case has been rendered by the Court,’ says Mr Stanley Okecho.

The main case has been scheduled for hearing on 15th September, 2020.

Isaac Ssemakadde, executive director of Legal Brains Trust said;

“This court process, issued on the eve of Heroes’ Day, is our tribute to the patriotism of a true hero, Mr Bernard Ekirapa, an employee of Supa Loaf Bakery, who tried his best to save Cissy Namukasa from drowning on that rainy day.”

‘This is the first of many steps we shall take in seeking accountability from KCCA and the AG’s chambers, in the hope that Ms Cissy Namukasa’s family will soon find closure,’ he said.