WOMEN IN MUZIRANDURU-KIGYAYO CAMP DECRY THE DESTITUTE STATUS SURROUNDING THEIR COMMUNITY SINCE THE 2013 EVICTION.

Women in Muziranduru-Kigyayo in Kiziranfumbi sub-county Hoima district have decried the inhumane conditions they are facing in Kigyayo camp.
The women, who are the victims of land eviction to pave way for sugar cane growing by Hoima Sugar Limited, say they are embroiled in poor living conditions, poverty, hunger, poor sanitation and poor health  since 2014 following delayed court case which is supposed to decide on their fate.


Standing in front of makeshift house, Kellen Kyokunzire broke into tears while narrating the demise of her husband during the eviction with sobbing mood saying her husband was a bread winner of the family and life is hard without him.


“I cannot afford paying the medical bills for my children when they fall sick neither can I cater for the family. I walk for over five miles daily in search for petty jobs to feed my five children. I pray that Government listens to our pleas of compensation,” Kyokunzire narrated to Community Green Radio.


Esther Turyahabwe, another victim expressed fear that there is a likelihood of killer disease breakout like cholera, dysentery and diarrhea due to the high population and poor health standards experienced within the community residing in the camp.


“We face challenges in acquiring good hygiene due to the high population, we have no latrines and the water we consume is dirty, we are likely to contract killer diseases”, Turyahabye explains.


According to Turyahabwe, a number of families broke up due to the ill-conditions faced with husbands abandoning wives with children while others escaping with a hope of bagging enough money from the said the expected compensation after court case.


In September 2017, Commission of Inquiry into Land matters chaired by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire started investigation into the matter on how the sugar factory allegedly evicted over 4,000 from their land.


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