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Hoima Sugar Laborers Cry Foul Over Nonpayment

However, Ashraf Mubarack the manager Kiswaza Out Growers denies owing money to the laborers who include one woman. Speaking to URN on phone, Mubarack said that he only knows 14 people who have refused to work because the three others have confirmed their return to work.
Some of the complainants camping at the Hoima RDC's office

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Seventeen casual workers on the plantation of Hoima Sugar Limited at Kiswaza in Bugambe Sub County in Hoima district have petitioned the Resident District Commissioner over nonpayment.

 

Led by 64 year-old David Finatho, the casual laborers mainly from West Nile, say they demand for unpaid wages of Shillings 5,165,000 from the managers of Kiswaza out Growers, a sub-contractor for Hoima sugar limited.

 

Kiswaza out Growers are mandated to grow cane to feed into the sugar plant in Kabwoya Sub County in Hoima district. Finatho says April has been tough without money to send back home to clear the tuition of their children when schools are demanding for every coin to allow them sit end of term examinations.

 

 

He says when they came to Hoima in February, their employer promised to pay each of them Shillings 5000 for every line sugar cane planted or weeded. He says all went well until March.

 

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For 18 year-old Patrick Ofoyirwoth the company owes him Shillings 310,000 which has made his life difficult. Ofoyirwoth currently relies on petty jobs to make ends meet.

 

 

The group claims that for the last one week, their employer has denied them food and fear he could push them from the make shift tarpaulins provided for accommodation. Isaac Kawooya, the Hoima RDC says he has received complaints of the group, adding that it is unfortunate for Ugandan employers continue to exploiting their fellow countrymen.

Kawooya says he has summoned the managers of Kiswaza Out Growers to listen to their defense over the allegations made by the group. He has also promised to involve Hoima District Labour Officer so as to find a solution to the problem.

 

 

However, Ashraf Mubarack the manager Kiswaza Out Growers denies owing money to the laborers who include one woman. Speaking to URN on phone, Mubarack said that he only knows 14 people who have refused to work because the three others have confirmed their return to work.

 

 

He insists all the laborers were sorted even before petitioning the RDC. Mubarack explains that there is a problem of communication because the supervisor misinformed the labourers that they were to be paid Shillings 5000 per line but the company position is Shillings 5000 for 360 meters, a distance beyond one line.

He claims that the company only owed some 14 people Shillings 90000 but it has been deducted to compensate for the food they have been eating while working elsewhere during the sit down strike. Mubarack says he is set to appear before the RDC to explain the position of the company regarding the complaints and allegations.