Masindi authorities warn Kinyara Sugar Ltd against dirtying town

A truck transports sugarcane to the sugar factory

Authorities of Masindi municipal council have warned the management of Kinyara Sugar Limited against soiling the town.

In the letter dated July 22, this year, a copy of which our reporter has seen, the Masindi Municipal town clerk, Mr Joel Musisi, warns the General Manager Kinyara Sugar Ltd against passing their trucks through the central business area of the town.  

The town clerk says that as the trucks pass through downtown Masindi, they spill sugarcane and bagasse which compromise health standards in the town.

“Whereas the municipality appreciates Kinyara’s contribution to service delivery and the development of the area, it is also concerned that the company trucks are causing a decline in sanitation as a result of the spilling sugarcane and bagasse on top of the trucks posing a health hazard to the community in town”, reads the letter in part.

Mr Musisi, therefore, instructs the management of the sugar company to stop their drivers from directly passing their trucks through the town centre. He instructs the company bigwigs to tell their drivers to alternatively use the Kamurasi-Kisengya-Nyangahya-Hoima route.

Mr Haruna Ismail Irumba, the male Civic Ward councillor to Masindi Municipal Council, acknowledges the hitch citing a scenario in which a kid survived being knocked down by a speeding vehicle by a whisker while scrambling for the spilled sugarcane in the middle of the road with other children.

 The politician says that diverting the trucks to an alternative route will avert what he termed as a looming disaster in the town.

Audio: Irumba on sugarcane trucks (Runyoro/Rutooro)

Efforts to get a comment from Kinyara Sugar Limited over the matter were futile.

Sometime back, residents along the Masindi Main Street that is used by the trucks also complained of the spilling bagasse. They feared that the bagasse that generates dust could cause them eye and respiratory infections.

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