New Shs 139 Billion URA Tower Floods In Afternoon Downpour

The 23-floor URA Tower in Nakawa, Kampala.
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The new Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) 23-floor tower in Nakawa was today afternoon flooded with water after a heavy downpour.

In a video captured by a staff member, employees are seen running away from their desks and taking refuge in another corner.

After a while, some staff members are seen running back to their desks to pull off the computers in order to salvage them from the water impact.

URA Tower that cost taxpayers Shs 139bn, was officially opened by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in January this year. Its completion meant that URA had to shift most of its staff from nearby Kampala offices to the Tower.

In a statement released by Vincent Seruma, the Head Public and Corporate Affairs at URA, he refutes claims of the ‘alleged flooding’ at the URA Tower.

However, in the same statement, Seruma confirmed that earlier today, the URA Tower experienced heavy rains which pushed rain water through the roof louvers.

“Today we experienced exceptionally heavy rains with strong winds which pushed rain water through the roof louvers that dropped to floor two where the atrium starts,” Seruma said in a statement shared on URA’s facebook page.

He said that a more robust solution to protect the louvers from such exceptional storms was to be put in place while at the same time maintaining the original design features of the building to remain energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

“The URA tower is a green building, designed to use a natural ventilation system where fresh air comes through the windows, and hot air raises through the atrium and finally through the louvers at the roof top,” he added.

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