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3 Arrested with Explosives in Jinja

The arrests followed petition by sugarcane out growers in Jinja district over rampant fires and a demand for subsidies to cover for the losses incurred last month. David Ojwang, the Kakira Sugarcane Out growers Chairman says 19 fire outbreaks were recorded in the Sub Counties of Butagaya, Buyengo, Busedde and Budondo since the beginning of this year.

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Police in Jinja is holding three men suspected of assembling handmade explosives. The three, whose identities are concealed pending investigation, were arrested from Kakira town council today.

Jinja East Police Division Commander Moses Muhindo says the three were arrested with materials used in making explosives. The same explosives were allegedly used in burning Kakira sugarcane plantations in Jinja.

The arrests followed petition by sugarcane out growers in Jinja district over rampant fires and a demand for subsidies to cover for the losses incurred last month. David Ojwang, the Kakira Sugarcane Out growers Chairman says 19 fire outbreaks were recorded in the Sub Counties of Butagaya, Buyengo, Busedde and Budondo since the beginning of this year.

Dr. Ramchandra Reddy, the Kakira Sugarcane Plantation Manager says up to 400 hectares of cane has been lost to mysterious fires since November, 2014.  He estimates that at least Shs 200 million has been lost as a result of the calamities.

Moses Muhindo, the Police Division Commander says the three were arrested with chemicals and wires used in the manufacture of explosives. The materials will be sent to the government analytical laboratory for analysis as part of the investigation.

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