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Mbalala Residents, Tian Tang Group Bicker Over Polluted Community Well

The construction of a Perimeter Wall around its premises blocked the water path to nearby swamps, and as a result, the diverted runoff flows into a community well which serves a population of about 2,000 residents, according to the village chairperson Vincent Ssenyendera.
Residents from Mbalala fetching water from the community well near tian Tang Group Limited.

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A row has erupted between residents of Mbalala in Mukono district and Chinese conglomerate Tian Tang Group Limited, accused of polluting a major water source in the area.  

The group owns an industrial complex located on a 33-acre land, with a number of companies involved in the production of steel and steel products, wood, leather products and mattresses.  

But the construction of a Perimeter Wall around its premises blocked the water path to nearby swamps, and as a result, the diverted runoff flows into a community well which serves a population of about 2,000 residents, according to the village chairperson Vincent Ssenyendera.   

Luganda //Cue in; “Batute ebanga ddene… 

Cue out …mazzi gebakozesa”//   

The chairman notes that many of the affected residents are not on the national grid and have no alternative source of water.  

Jamiru Kalega, one of the affected residents notes that the well was the single source of clean water for the community. However, it has now been polluted with muddy runoff, exposing the entire community to water-borne diseases.    

Luganda //Cue in; “Bebaretedde ddala okwonona… 

Cue out…mirundi jjona.”//    

Another resident, Benedetta Nakirijja says that instead of causing positive change to the community, the factories have become a nightmare.  

Luganda//Cue in; “Tetujja kubonabona… 

Cue out…bakulakulanya nsi ki.”//   

Last week, angry residents demolished part of the perimeter wall to revert water to its old path. But on Saturday, the company management rebuilt the wall and deployed armed security officers to guard it and stop intruders.  

One of the managers in charge of communication at Tian Tang David Suu declined to divulge details about the conflict but said that the management was taking charge of the situation.

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