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Chinese Company On the Spot Over Assault of Workers

Grace Kamya, one of the victims says that he was assaulted by three Chinese who accused him of disobeying their orders
Grace Kamya after he was assaulted by his bosses

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Chinese working with CICO, a Chinese construction firm constructing the Fort Portal- Bundibugyo-Lamia road, are on the spot for mistreating workers. 

 

Investigations carried out by Uganda Radio Network reveal that some of the casual labourers working for the company are assaulted and detained illegally by the Chinese. 

 

Two staff working for the Chinese company have spoken out and exposed the mistreatment they have undergone at the hands of the Chinese.

 

Grace Kamya, hailing from Kamuli district, says that he was assaulted by three Chinese, who accused him of disobeying their orders.

 

Kamya, who is a truck driver in Karugutu trading centre, says that last month, one of the Chinese identified as Deng told him to drive him to Karugutu town council. However Kamya refused saying that he has to first report to his supervisor. 

 

According to Kamya, Deng insisted on being driven, but Kamya refused.

 

Kamya says moments later, Deng accompanied by two Chinese identified as Yue and Cheng followed him to his supervisor, armed with sticks and a knife. They kicked him and stabbed him with knife on his head.  

 

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According to Kamya, after he was assaulted, he was rushed to Virika hospital in Fort Portal. Kamya says that the Chinese told doctors that he was involved in a motor accident.

 

Kamya says that he then opened a case of assault against the Chinese at Bundibugyo police station under case file number SD 21/20/02/2013. The police promised to investigate the case and arrest the culprits.

 

The medical report seen by Uganda Radio Network, signed by Charles Mugizi, a clinical officer at Bundibugyo Hospital, indicates Kamya sustained a deep cut on his head as a result of a sharp object.

 

Another victim, Twaha Mubiru, who operates a bull dozer, was also assaulted by the Chinese, after they alleged that he was stealing fuel from trucks that were parked at the CICO site in Karugutu town council.

 

Mubiru says that two Chinese found him standing next to a lorry truck with jerry cans. They beat him and locked him up in one of the offices, where he was tortured for two days.

 

Mubiru, showed the Uganda Radio Network reporter, scars of wounds inflicted by the Chinese.

 

In a telephone interview, George Kabagambe, the personnel officer CICO in Karugutu town told Uganda Radio Network that he is aware of Kamya’s incident. He says that the company is planning to take disciplinary action against the Chinese.

 

Kabagambe also says that some of the Chinese who have been mistreating workers were last year sacked and deported.

The construction of Fort Portal – Bundibugyo road started in 2009 and it’s scheduled for completion at the end of 2013.