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Museveni Directive On Torture Good Opportunity to Rein in Police

columnBy Karoli Ssemogerere

President Museveni has hit the nail on the head summarising the futility of torture as a method of investigation. When with each passing murder, police publicly announces it will leave no stone unturned in bringing the culprits to justice; it essentially renews its free rein to do all and the unthinkable to cover up the episode and move on.

With the murder of AIGP Felix Kaweesi in March, a raw nerve finally seems to have hit the nation’s conscience. It goes without saying that key aspects of this murder were not different from prior murders of Joan Kagezi, Maj Kiggundu and others. These were signature crimes.

The group that has executed a number of Muslim clerics operates in a slightly different manner but with the same result. President Museveni seems to recognise this. He is also brutally honest by admitting the negative effect these events are having on the prospects of the country.

The elite group the President wrote to is perhaps the most educated group ever at the helm of the armed offices and police. Both police and the army are in the hands of highly qualified lawyers. Gen Muhoozi graduated at the top of his class and Gen Kale Kayihura graduated from Makerere as well. Below them may be some enforcers, Brig Peter Elwelu the Deputy CDF, was active in the Kasese operations; itself a joint army-police investigation that are still under a range of investigations.

By the time the President spoke out, a number of key events had taken place showing that things are getting out of control.

First was a bungled up investigation into the murder of the late Kawesi. If the case were to come up before a jury, none of the persons arrested would ever be found guilty given the mystery of where these people in the scores were found with little or no connection to the crime. This is a case where police in its wisdom did not find it fit to deploy sniffer dogs. This is also a case where police simply overwhelmed the national identification databases with fingerprints without giving a lawful justification why they kept on bringing fingerprints without pause.

Second was the failure of Parliament through the relevant committee, to get any information out of police why it was abusing its powers. Scenes from this committee show that save for three MPs, no one was willing to extract accountability from the leadership of police.

Third, the outcome of police’s foray into politics has destroyed the necessary barrier between the armed forces and police and the political process removing a key check and balance. This level of familiarity is a major risk factor in coups and instability.

The President must also have spoken from disappointment. The much hyped PR events by police on the progress they were making fell flat on their face when stories of firing cops were soon replaced with permanent images of a local politician in Kamwenge in the press complete with rotting knees and raw human flesh.

When the suspects were brought to court, they had impaired mobility. Uganda is a party to the Convention Against Torture (“CAT”) of the United Nations that bars the use of torture, inhumane and degrading treatment. In 2012, Uganda domesticated this Convention through the Prevention and Prohibition of Torture Act enacted in 2012. It is shocking that a whole Deputy Attorney General of Uganda is not aware of this fact.

The Minister of Security, Gen Henry Tumukunde, at a lower level has started speaking out against police excesses and police brutality. He knows a thing or two having been in the system before being ejected in 2005. He also perhaps has fresh memories of how he was shot at in the 2016 elections.

The country must quickly unite against the vision of barbarism and lawlessness. We must restore value to human life!

Mr Ssemogerere is an Attorney-at-Law and an Advocate.

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Waiswa Completes Transition From 16 to Number ‘One’

By Ismail Dhakaba Kigongo

Kampala — When Charles Waiswa hits the deck first for the ICC World Cricket League Division Three opener next Tuesday against Canada at Lugogo, it will feel new.

The left-arm medium fast bowler has undergone major transformation since his first class debut for Uganda in 2005 against Kenya.

Waiswa, then 17, must have have had a longer run-up like most young bowlers and hair that was hardly longer than one inch as many schools have always demanded.

Today, it’s impossible not to notice the short spiky hairstyle.

Now, his shirt number, something that most sportsmen feel an attachment to, has changed significantly over the past 12 years.

“I admired Makhaya Ntini so I chose to wear shirt No. 16 at the time,” Waiswa said in reference the South Africa bowler.

When Ntini retired in 2009, Waiswa wasn’t static. “After Ntini left, I chose Scott Styris’ 56,” Waiswa added at the Cricket Cranes’ kit unveiling on Tuesday.

Perhaps, Waiswa had designs on emulating the New Zealander’s all-round skills. Styris retired into television punditry in 2011.

Soon after, Wasiwa took a break until two years. Upon his return, his admiration had now shifted to Australian left-armer Mitchell Johnson.

“I dropped my previous shirt number for Johnson’s 25,” Waiswa explained. You could immediately draw symmetry.

Both Waiswa and Johnson are left-armers, swing the ball either side of the wicket and opened the bowling for their countries.

This has enticed Waiswa into changing his shirt number to 1, thereby finding his own voice. “Since I open the bowling, I picked ‘One’,” he concluded.

At the time of the debut, Kenneth Kamyuka opened the bowling for Uganda. Barring a tweak Waiswa will take that role against Canada next Tuesday.

This should probably spur him into his first five wicket haul.

In 28 matches, he has taken 35 wickets at an average of 27.22 runs with a strike rate of a wicket every 35.2 balls. His economy stands at an impressive 4.66 runs per over.

The former Jinja SSS and Makerere College student will effectively lead Uganda’s hunt for promotion into Division Two by ensuring Uganda reaches the final of the six-team tournament.

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Police Should Rethink Their Work Methods

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On Monday, the President wrote to the Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura and other security agencies, to stop the barbaric method of torturing suspects in order to extract evidence from them. It is a good move by the President although it would not have been necessary if the police and other security forces had been doing their work professionally. It’s unsustainable. How often shall the President have to issue warnings before our law enforcement authorities fulfill their constitutional mandate?

Just as the President was warning police to stop torturing suspects in custody, a woman was camping at Kira Police Station in Kampala seeking justice for her teenage sister who was defiled and impregnated by her husband, a person who ought to have protected her. Her future is bleak or totally shattered.

Police released the suspect despite the presence of the victim’s statement on the case file admitting defilement by the accused and the corroborative medical examination results confirming the victim’s revelations.

The police argued that the file was taken to the DPP but had not received sanction to take the suspect to court. They therefore they released him on bond purportedly to comply with the constitutional limit of 48 hours required to have taken a suspect to court.

Police cannot hide under pretence of upholding the Constitution, given its recent record. A police that torture suspects with all brutality to the extent of causing injuries cannot be bothered by the interruption of a suspect’s liberty beyond 48 hours.

The most plausible motivation to release the suspect could have been money. Officially, police bond is free of charge but as we all know, many police officers will not release a suspect without pay.

The released suspect returned home and chased away the victim and the wife. The woman was by yesterday still camping at the police station and vowed not to leave until she got justice. Should the President have to write to the IGP about this?

The police must always do what they are trained and paid to do – apprehend criminals and help the victims get justice – without anyone first raising an alarm in the media or crying to the President.

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Government Issues Two Free Zone Licences

By Jonathan Adengo

Kampala — Uganda Free Zones Authority (UFZA) has issued two development licences to M/s Nilus Limited and M/s Uganda Wood Impex Limited to develop free zones in Jinja and Kalungu districts in Uganda.

This brings the number of companies that have so far been licensed by UFZA to three. The first Free Zone Area in Arua was issued to Arua Special Economic Zone Limited (Arua SEZ) to develop a $12.7 million (Shs45.7 billion) free zone in Arua Municipality, Arua District.

A free zone is a special designated area where goods introduced into the area are generally regarded, so far as import duties are concerned, as being outside the customs territory. These include export processing zones or free port zones.

Speaking to journalists during the handover of the licences at UFZA offices yesterday, Ms Margaret Banga, the vice chairperson of the board of directors UFZA, said the Authority is finalising the national mapping exercise to identify sites for the suitable location of free zone areas in Uganda.

Ms Nilus Limited intends to undertake tobacco leaf processing for export to Europe, Asia and Middle East and Egypt. The projected capital investment for the zone is $10,597,606 (about Shs36 billion) and is expected to employ about 220 people. The company will also indirectly create employment to 14,500 farmers.

Mr Rob Kelsall, the managing director Nilus Limited, said in the first year of operation, they will process only Ugandan Tobacco Services Limited 2017 crop. This accounts for 27 per cent of the national crop.

“Nilus will only process the raw or green tobacco in to the processed or unmanufactured product which is then sold to the manufacturer who makes the cigarette. Nilus does not own aby tobacco or tobacco product in Uganda,” Mr Kelsall said.

Ms Uganda Wood Impex, which was granted a licence for six acres in Kalungu District, will process essential oil and timber for export to China, United Arab Emirates and India.

Mr Dinesh Nair, the managing director M/S Uganda Wood Impex, said the timber and sandalwood will be obtained from South Sudan and democratic republic of Congo since there is limited supply of wood here in Uganda.

The company says it will source its raw materials locally and regionally but will source the lemon grass from outgrowers in Kalungu and Masaka districts. They intend to use modern technology in the production process of the essential oils and timber.

Mr Richard Jabo, the executive director UFZA, said the Authority will facilitate the companies to get all the necessary clearances from government Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

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IMF Lowers Uganda’s Growth Forecast to 3.5 Per Cent

By Martin Luther Oketch

Kampala — The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Tuesday projected that Uganda’s economic growth for the fiscal year 2016/17 will be in the range of 3.5 to 4 per cent down from its earlier official estimate of 5 per cent for this financial year.

The IMF said the drought held back economic activity in the first part of the year especially in agricultural sector. Other factors were low private sector credit and the slow execution of externally financed public investment.

However, the IMF was not fully pessimistic about Uganda’s economic growth in the medium term. “With weather conditions improving and a recovery in credit, growth could accelerate to 5 per cent in the Financial Year 2017/18,” said the IMF mission team to Uganda, Dr Alex Schimmelpfennig during the joint news conference with the ministry of Finance and Bank of Uganda (BoU).

The IMF mission team visited Uganda between May 2 and 15 to conduct consultations and discussions on the 8th review under the Policy Support Instrument (PSI), which the Fund’s executive board is expected to discuss in early July.

Dr Schimmelpfennig said growth should recover over the medium term but risks are tilted to the down side, pointing out that infrastructure and oil sector investments could yield growth of between 6 and 6.5 per cent over the next three to four years.

He added: “The agricultural sector remains exposed to climate conditions and pest infestations.”

In the first half of FY 2016/17, Uganda’s Gross Domestic Product growth was lower than-expected, largely reflecting temporary adverse weather related factors.

Govt’s word

The Permanent Secretary/Secretary to Treasury, Mr Keith Muhakanizi, said government policy of making all contracts in Uganda currency is for the locally produced goods and services should not be charged in US dollar against the exchange rate fluctuation. He said it fits in well with the new policy of Buy Uganda, Build Uganda. “This policy is meant to increase production by buying the local commodities,” he said.

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Ntungamo Youth Eke a Living From Metal Scrap

By Perez Rumanzi & Alfred Tumushabe

Ntungamo — After dropping out of school six years ago for lack of school fees, Badru Atwijukire, 25, decided to enroll for training in metal fabrications at a workshop in Ntungamo Town.

The Senior Three drop-out was determined to have a source of income to sustain himself and pay fees for his siblings, who were still in lower primary classes.

Atwijukire is the oldest in a family of eight children and their father passed on.

He acquired the necessary skills in seven months of training and got employed at the workshop where he worked for almost a year.

However, an opportunity for him to gain more skills opened.

His uncle, Brason Mwesigwa, who had trained from Kenya in several artisan industrial skills, offered to train him and other young boys from the family at their home in Rwangusha village, Ntungamo Sub-county.

Mwesigwa trained Atwijukire how to smelt scrap and remodel it into several items, including saucepans.

Together with other 15 youths from the area, they established a workshop called Bangirana Metal Works.

They have been making saucepans for almost five years now. They make up to 30 saucepans and several other items a day.

The workshop is located 4kms out of Ntungamo Town on Ntungamo-Rukungiri Road.

Their raw materials include motor vehicle parts, mainly made out of aluminum.

“Our raw materials are basically scrap, which we buy from garages or scrap collection centres. At times we compete with those who want to reuse them as spares parts in vehicles. The materials are so expensive and scarce, which limits our production,” Atwijukire says.

Apart from scrap, they must also have building sand, charcoal and timber. They have a fan developed from a bicycle wheel with the end point pointing into a furnace where charcoal is put.

A metallic container is placed on the fire with raw materials broken down into smaller pieces; they are heated to boil into liquid material. Someone keeps rolling the wheel to produce wind that stokes the fire to a higher temperature. They also keep monitoring and stirring the materials being boiled to ensure everything turns into liquid.

Atwijukire says they first identify the size and shape of the saucepan they want to make. They then make a wooden crate, slightly bigger than the saucepan but of the same width and height as the intended saucepan. The crate has a hole (small opening) at the bottom. They place the saucepan in the crate. They put wet sand in the saucepan and compact it. They also put sand around the saucepan (in the crate) and compact it.

They then remove the saucepan and turn it upside down on a flat surface, pull it out, leaving a compact heap of sand in shape of saucepan facing down. They then bring the crate, still with the compacted sand but has the gap where the saucepan was seated, and fit it into the heap of compacted sand. They also place the crate facing down. This leaves the space in between in a shape of a saucepan. They then pour the boiling metals through the hole/opening on top of the crate.

The process of formation and cooling of a new saucepan takes less than a minute. The outer sand is then demolished to reveal a new saucepan from the liquid poured. The sand inside the new saucepan has also weakened and it is crumbling.

“When Atwijukire was training me, it looked as if I would never get the technology, but when we started working, the thing became simple and I enjoy doing it every day. I now have the money I wanted and I think in future, I will be making more money,” Salim Gumisiriza, one of the group members, says.

They use a hand filer to remove sharp particles from the saucepan and smoothen it before being taken to the market.

Atwijukire says there is always ready market for any product they make. Their products are mostly taken to weekly and monthly markets in Ntungamo District. They also produce on order for traders who want to buy their products in bulk.

While they buy raw materials at Shs13,000 a kilogramme, a saucepan is sold at between Shs8,000 to Shs150,000, depending on the size.

Other products

They also make metal doors, design materials for gate doors and ash trays. They make candle holders as well, which are sold between Shs1,500 and Shs8,000.

The group members say they have asked for support from government but have never been considered.

“We have applied five times to be considered in the Youth Livelihood Programme but they have never even assessed us. When we ask them [YLP officials] why, they ask us whether we do any agriculture too, but for us we are for metals, may be they do not understand what we do,” says Adam Amanya, another member of the group.

Amanya says if they get external support, they would be able to establish a more modern workshop that may use electricity and even produce more items and train more youth.

Mr Bright Joga, the Ntungamo Sub-county senior assistant secretary, says whereas they have seen the group’s many products displayed on the road side, they have always thought that they were made from somewhere and brought there for marketing.

Voices

“We are failing to get proper youth groups to fund because such groups do not always come out to ask for funds, and because YLP is demand driven But these boys deserve funding,”

Kaija Samuel Ruhweza, Ntungamo CAO

“I have always hoped these boys could be helped, they are making great things but no one is recognising them. I wish government support could be can be drifted to such people,”

Patrick Rwakabare, District Councillor for Persons with disabilities.

Fufa Vote Regional Delegates in Polls

By Ismail Dhakaba Kigongo & Mudangha Kolyangha

Kampala — Today represents one of the most important steps of constituting the Fufa General Assembly that will turn vote the federation president in August.

Elections for regional representatives to Fufa’s most powerful organ for the eight regions are scheduled to take place. In all, there are 48 delegates from the regions.

This is the second phase of a process that started with voting district representatives last month.

While it’s a procession for some of the delegates as a significant number of whom have sailed through unopposed, close contests are expected in Kampala and Buganda regions.

Each of the eight regions, among which are Buganda, Kampala, West Nile, Eastern, North Eastern, Kitara, Western and Northen, will vote six delegates.

In one the four zones of Buganda, there are intriguing contest between former Fufa publicist Rogers Mulindwa and Sulait Makumbi.

Fufa executive committee member Sam Mpiima also faces Abdul Sekabira and Ismail Kalanda for one of the slots in elections to be held at Fufa House.

Joseph Mwanje went through unopposed for Buganda as did all six delegates from West Nile and North-Eastern.

That’s the same for Kampala representatives who include Fufa president Moses Magogo, Hamid Juma, Sande Moni Muyanja and Haruna Tamale who went through without any opposition.

There will an interesting contest between Makindye West MP Allan Ssewanyana and Fufa Excom member Darius Mogoye for the 24 Kampala region club votes.

In eastern region, Jamal Ngobi (Tororo), Sam Lwere (Budaka) and Latif Mafuko (Mbale) are unopposed.

There, Crispus Muwinda (Bugiri) is tussling out with Mr Jowali Kyeyago (Mayuge), Issa Magola (Iganga) is battling Richard Kimera (Jinja).

Kampala and Buganda vote today at Fufa House. Eastern region votes tomorrow. Western will decide on Saturday as well as Kitara and Northern.

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Residents Use Community Service to Construct Roads

By Felix Ainebyoona

Mbarara — Residents of Mwizi Sub-county in Mbarara District have lived for years without a convenient access road and connection to other areas, including markets and health centres.

The people in the parishes of Ngoma, Bushwere, Kabaramu and Nyaruhandagazi are disadvantaged in terms of accessing markets, health centres and education facilities.

Travelling in those areas using a vehicle is hard due to the poor state of the roads despite the sub-county being densely populated.

According to the LC 1 Chairperson, Mr Bony Mahatane, Kamurani Village (Ngoma Parish) alone has a population of 2,600 people with Bakiga comprising more than 90 per cent.

He said majority of the population grow bananas, coffee, beans, peas, cassava, sweet potatoes and Irish potatoes as food and cash crops but cannot take them to markets because of poor roads hence selling them cheaply.

Mr Mahatane said the highest price a farmer can sell a bunch of matooke is Shs5,000 yet it costs more than Shs10,000 in areas with better access to roads.

To access the nearest health facilities of Bugamba and Mwizi Health Centre IVs, residents have to walk a distance of more than 20km.

Mid-last year, a eucalyptus forest in Nyarubanga Village caught fire and five people, including a pregnant woman died while trying to save the plantation.

“Five people were burnt by wildfire as they were trying to save the forest. The fire started from a garden where a resident was burning grass. We called for help from police and a fire brigade was sent but could not reach where fire was because there was no road. People died and the forest was destroyed,” says Mr Joram Nuwakuma, the Bushwere Parish internal security officer.

It is this tragedy and other hardships that compelled residents to embark on constructing new roads.

So far, they have constructed a 9km road that starts from Kikunda village in Bushwere parish. It connects to the neigbouring sub-counties of Bugamba and Rukoni East in Ruhaama Ntungamo.

The residents formed a 12-man committee from the parish of Bushere to spearhead the project. The committee comprises chairperson, vice chairperson, secretary, treasurer, four defense personnel, three ‘engineers’ and a mobiliser.

Mr Edward Tuhamize was chosen as chairperson and Mr Aron Banyoya was handed the task of mobilisation.

The residents signed an agreement allowing the road to pass in their land.

“Since people wanted good services, they allowed the road to pass through their land. We had our first meeting on June 27, 2016. We convened another one a week after where we made a minute for people whose land was to be encroached on by the road project to sign a memorandum of understanding and 40 signed,” said Mr Tuhamize.

He added; “After the agreement, we informed the LC3 Chairman, Mr Godfrey Sunday about the project and he supported it.”

“There was a strong need for a good road, there was one but in a very sorry state and passing through a forest where thieves could hide and terrorise travellers was very risky. We decided to construct a road in an open and secure place. This road will steer development since some traders have been cheating farmers because of lack of access to markets,” said Mr Sunday.

Rules and procedure were put in place to guide them on how to operate. Saturday was chosen as the day for the community work. Every able bodied man is supposed to report for the road construction by 8am.

Using the same mobilisation approach, residents of Ngoma Parish have also constructed an 8km road. It starts from Kamurani and goes through Kashekure village connecting to Nyaruhandagazi Parish in Bugamba. The area Member of Parliament, Mr Charles Ngabirano, Resident District Commissioner, Capt Martha Asiimwe and the Chief Administrative Officer, Mr Felix Cuthbert Esoku, while inspecting road works on May 8 promised to provide grader to improve the road.

Voices

“Bulungi Bwansi is the way to go for it enables communities to take charge of their development needs. When I was in South Korea in 2016, I found that this model of community development has been used in most parts of the country; there is self-help and cooperation amongst the communities.”

Martha Asiimwe, MBARARA Resident District Commissioner

“We agreed to work together as community. So they picked me to mobilize the residents for Bulungi Bwansi (community service) every Saturday morning. Mr Aron Banyoya, road committee MOBILISER

Revenue Authority Likely to Miss Target As Economy Bites

By Mark Keith Muhumuza

Kampala — Government will be forced to get other forms of raising revenue to match its expenditure as Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) is projecting that it will miss the revenue collection target.

According to Ms Doris Akol, the Commissioner General URA, the tax collector is already faced with a deficit of Shs240b in the first nine months to March 2017 of the Financial Year 2016/17. She revealed to reporters yesterday that the tax body is unlikely to meet the collection target of Shs13.4 trillion at the end of the financial year due to a weak economy and low import volumes.

“In the next three months to the end of the financial year, we anticipate collecting Shs2 trillion. However, we may actually be short of the revenue collection targets. This is because the assumptions we made may not be met,” she told reporters at a media briefing.

URA in the first nine months (three-quarters of the FY 2016/17) collected net revenues of Shs9.2 trillion against a target of Shs9.4 trillion. The assumptions made at the start of the financial, according to Ms Akol, were the projected economic growth of 5 per cent.

However, twice the Bank of Uganda (BoU) had revised this figure to 4.5 per cent and then later noted that even that may not be achieved. On Tuesday, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), meanwhile, projected that growth will be between 3.5 per cent and 4 per cent, dampening any hopes of better growth figures.

Ms Akol noted that weak economic stance, “… affected the level of economic activity and revenue collections from key performing sectors. The expected impact of this to revenue mobilisation is a shortfall of Shs131.17b.” The manufacturing, financial services and insurance and construction sectors have all registered declines in tax contributions because the low aggregate demandreduced production and slow credit uptake. Manufacturing, trade, construction, and real-estate – contribute at least 50 per cent of all revenue – registered negative growth in the nine months to March 2017.

“This thus explains the current plight of customs revenue performance given the dismal performance of trade and the manufacturing subsectors, which are key contributors to the international trade taxes,” Ms Akol noted.

International trade taxes have continued to underperform in the current financial year as import volumes continue to decline. Mr Dicksons Kateshumbwa, the commissioner customs at URA told reporters at the same event that international trade volumes were on the decline because there was in part a rise in non-taxable goods like plant and machinery, leading to a decline in excise duty.

For the three-quarters of 2016/17, there has not been a single one where international trade taxes have recorded a surplus or been within the target.

Improved performance

URA will, however, collect more taxes than it did in 2015/16 but it will be below the given collection target.

Domestic borrowing to exceed Shs1 trillion with expenditure expected to rise, the money required to avert the drought and projected supplementary requests, URA revenues will not be able to meet this expenditure.

The option, according to BoU, will be for the government to issue Treasury bill and bonds. This could see the domestic borrowing surpass the Shs1 trillion mark, contrary to what the government had projected.

Already, the government had increased the amount to Shs912b from Shs612b due to revenue shortfalls in the first half of 2016/17.

Kinyara Sugar Factory Employee Killed By Machine

By George Muzoora

Masindi — Employees of Kinyara Sugar factory in Masindi district are grieving the death of their colleague, Mr Daniel Odoch, who was allegedly grabbed by a conveyor belt that threw him into the running machines, eventually crushing him to death instantly.

Odoch, 16, who was a student of Kinyara High School in Budongo Sub County, Masindi district, was a temporary worker, searching for school fees, according to his grieving workmates.

When contacted, the Corporate Communications manager Kinyara Sugar Limited, Mr Kirunda Magoola confirmed Odoch’s death, describing the incident as unfortunate.

“We lost a colleague who was working under a contract. He was pulled by a conveyor and crashed to death,” he said.

Mr Magoola defended however that the deceased was wearing safety gears and there was nothing extra ordinary.

“We are working on the burial arrangements and a full statement regarding the matter will be released later,” Magoola said.

Cases of employing minors are high especially in sugarcane growing and related activities around Kinyara Sugar factory.

However, the management of Kinyara has always denied hiring minors , blaming the vice on its contractors.

Cases of this nature have occurred elsewhere in the country.

Just last year, Nile Breweries’ engineer was crushed to death by a machine at the beer factory.

Eng. Williams Buluma, a mechanical specialist at the Nile Breweries Jinja plant was on last year crushed to death by a factory machine under unclear circumstances.

Buluma’s colleague told this reporter that the deceased was cleaning the conveyor when the accident happened.

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