Inside the turbulent origins of collapsing buildings

Building accidents occur anywhere. In developed countries, buildings collapse mainly as a result of gas leak explosions, earthquakes and related changing climatic patterns, and a few times as a result of technical errors or even incompetence. But in Uganda, like elsewhere in Africa and the developing world, a scientific journal published last month by Kyambogo University’s Department of Civil and Building Engineering, documented that the main causes of building accidents are weak foundations, substandard construction materials, poor material mixing by construction workers, excessive load on strength of buildings, among others. This fact is reinforced by several investigation reports of collapsed buildings around the country over the years. But are authorities simply helpless with some developers seemingly untouchable or is it just another classic case of incompetence?