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Semuto Town Council Residents Want Stone Quarrying Activities Suspended :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Semuto Town Council Residents Want Stone Quarrying Activities Suspended

Residents are bitter that the stone quarrying activities have caused huge damage to their houses, animals and plants, leaving them in poverty. The most affected areas include Lule, Kanyogogga, Nsaka, Ssebagala and Lugono villages in Semuto town council.

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More than 300 residents in Semuto town council in Nakaseke District want stone quarrying activities suspended following the destruction of their houses and the death of animals. 

Four years ago, Jiu Zhou Stone company Uganda Limited owned by the Chinese bought a rock at Lule village in Semuto town council and embarked on stone quarrying. Each day at least 20 trucks of stones are transported from the quarry to Kampala and other sites for sale.

However, residents are bitter that the stone quarrying activities have caused huge damage to their houses, animals and plants, leaving them in poverty. The most affected areas include Lule, Kanyogogga, Nsaka, Ssebagala and Lugono villages in Semuto town council.

Yuda Ssemusu the former Lule Ward Parish Councilor says that several houses have developed huge cracks and others are on the verge of collapse over huge explosions from uncoordinated blasts from the quarry leaving occupants in fear.

Ssemusu adds that the occupants asked the firm to compensate them so that they can renovate them in vain.

Regina Nabbanja a resident of Lule village alleges that apart from losing her crops, she also experienced a miscarriage over the explosions from the quarry.

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Uthman Bbosa a resident of Kinyogogga village says that he lost a cow due to an explosion but the company refused to compensate him.  Bbosa adds that several other residents have also lost pigs, goats and chickens over explosion from the quarry.

Charles Ssekamatte the LCI Chairman of Lule village says that apart from air pollution, the Chinese also refused to dig toilets for their workers. He says that the workers defecate in the gardens of the residents.

Ssekamatte also accuses the company’s trucks of destroying the feeder road and failure to repair it.

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Now residents have appealed to Semuto town council and area Member of Parliament Luttamaguzi Ssemakula demanding for suspension of the stone quarrying activities until their safety is guaranteed and are compensated.

Richard Kizito the LCIII Chairperson of Semuto town council says that they are compiling a list of all affected residents before they ask the Government Valuer to assess the damage of their property and engage the company to compensate them.

Kizito adds that if they refuse to compensate the affected residents, they will have no option but close the quarry.

Luttamaguzi Ssemakula the Nakaseke South Member of Parliament said he received the complaints from residents but asked the town council to handle the matter. He however says that and if they fail, he will table them before the floor of the Parliament.

Efforts to reach the directors of Jiu Zhou Stone company Uganda Limited for comment were unsuccessful since their provided numbers were unavailable. 

    

But in a meeting with selected affected residents on weekend, a director of the company identified only as George told them that the company didn't have money to compensate them.

Several residents other residents in Luwero and Nakasongola district have lost property over stone quarrying activities but companies declined to compensate them.

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