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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HOIMA MUNICIPALITY TO TURN GREEN WITH “THE PAINT” CAMPAIGN

With the second phase of the municipality development grant under World Bank funded Support to Municipal Infrastructural Development (USMID), Hoima has embarked on a tree planting venture dubbed “Paint Hoima Green”.


Hoima Municipality authorities have already awarded a contract to Tokor Engineering Company to beautify the town by planting trees and compound grass along different streets in the municipality.


Mrs.Grace Mugasa, the Hoima Municipality Mayor says the trees to be planted will be indigenous species like Mvule, Mahogany and Terminalia that will help in conserving the environment, mitigate the effects of climate change and improve air quality by producing oxygen, trapping dust and other pollutants.
According to Mrs Mugasa,  the areas around the municipality have been faced with changes in rain pattern due to lack of trees yet a few trees that exist are cut down causing climate change.


She has hailed Community Green Radio for running programs that teach the community to conserve the environment.
“People cut trees but they don’t plant yet we are already experiencing the effects of climate change, so let’s promote the culture of planting trees in our areas of residence and other surrounding areas,” she noted.


Hoima District Environmental officer, Joseline Nyangoma, has commended municipal authorities for the initiative adding that environmental conservation is a collective responsibility.


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