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John Wasswa the Ndibulungi Village LC 1 Chairperson says Euro Chicks Farm Limited has been disposing the chicken droppings in an open piece of land belonging to Moses Ssenkasi for the past two years.
Residents pointing to Chicken droppings disposed off at Ndibulungi village by Euro Chicks Farm Limited

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Anti-riot Police has deployed in Ndibulungi village in Luweero district to quell a protest by residents against Euro Chick Farm for disposing of chicken droppings in their area.

More than 200 residents drawn from Ndibulungi, Nganju and Yandwe villages in Butuntumula Sub County rose up in arms against Euro Chicks Farm Limited this morning for disposing off chicken droppings in the open exposing their lives to infections.  

Residents mounted barricades on the feeder road connecting to Kampala-Gulu highway and blocked a truck registration number UAV 429S, which had just disposed of the chicken the droppings on a piece of land in their village.  

John Wasswa the Ndibulungi Village LC 1 Chairperson says Euro Chicks Farm Limited has been disposing the chicken droppings in an open piece of land belonging to Moses Ssenkasi for the past two years.

According to Wasswa, they have registered several complaints from residents about the heavy stench from the droppings. Wasswa explains that he forwarded the residents’ complaints to the farm managers but nothing was done.  

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Other residents complained that the chicken droppings cause them stomach upsets and other hygiene related illnesses since they end up in community wells.  

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Moses Ssenkasi, the owner of the land where the chicken droppings are disposed of, accused the farm of trespassing on his land despite numerous warnings.

It took the intervention of Luweero District Police Commander, Abraham Tukundane to calm down the residents and order the arrest of the truck driver, Musa Mulindwa and his colleague who had just completed disposing of the droppings.

Tukundane promised to engage the leadership of Euro Chicks Farm and District Environment Office to address the issues raised by residents.

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Our reporter tried to access Euro Chicks Farm premises but was blocked by the security guards. However, earlier on, the truck driver, Musa Mulindwa claimed that the farm contracted Sowedi Mukibiri to dispose of the chicken dropping who also secured permission from Moses Ssenkasi to use his land and was surprised by the turn of events.    

Mulindwa noted that they have secured alternative land to dispose of the chicken droppings. In 2017, residents of Butuntumula Sub County forced SR Afro Chicks limited, an Indian owned poultry farm to stop disposing of chicken droppings in their area.

More than 300 residents from Kyamufumba, Ndibulungi and Yandwe villages accused the poultry farm of disposing of the chicken droppings in the open exposing their lives to infection by respiratory diseases. 

Veterinary Officers warn that chicken droppings produce bacteria and gases such as ammonia, which can be harmful to human beings.     

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