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Blast at Quarry Destroys Homes in Jinja City

Some of the houses were deroofed by stray stones whereas others were left with wide cracks and are on the verge of collapse.
A woman gathers bricks after her house was destroyed by rocks.

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Several homes have been destroyed by a blast at a quarry. The blast occurred on Wednesday in Budondo ward, Jinja City, when workers of MM Mining limited set the explosives to break down the rocks.

Some of the houses were deroofed by stray stones whereas others were left with wide cracks and are on the verge of collapse. They also destroyed graves, gardens, and power lines in the area, leaving affected individuals without food.

More than 20 households have also been left homeless without sanitary facilities and most of them have opted to take refuge in the homes of their relatives within the neighboring communities.

Sabasi Bankyaye, a resident in the area who is now homeless accuses the company of using high explosives to break up the rocks leading to the destruction of their homes.

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Dezilanta Namasoga says that the rooftop of her house, kitchen, pit latrine, and solar panels were destroyed.  Namasoga says that she has spent the last two nights in the open with her husband, 10 children, and five grandchildren.

//Cue in: "bweba bwatwile...

Cue out...sawa eno tulikubunkenke,".

Betty Seera, another resident living with disabilities says that the company held meetings with residents and promised to avail transport for residents affected by the blasts, but it has never been fulfilled this commitment.

Seera says the blasts, which started in November 2023, are risking their health and well-being and exposing them to further medical complications.

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Cue out...tibatubalamu ka'buntu,".

Robinah Kibwika, another resident says that they have been losing their property as a result of the blasts.

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Cue out...ela tiyebagyilileku,".

The Spokesperson MM, Francis Baganzi says that they will repair the houses of the affected residents.  Baganzi adds that teams of surveyors are documenting all the project-affected persons to prepare them for both compensation and decent resettlement in safer areas.

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