Liu Lei, the project manager Shandong Taikai Power Engineering Company limited, told URN that his office paid Shillings 40M to the sub-contractor, Fred Katumba to clear the workers pay and wonders why he didnt pay them.
Traffic was paralysed for several hours on Monday morning along Hoima-Kaiso Tonya road following a strike by workers of Shandong Taikai Power Engineering Company limited, which was contracted to erect a power line from Fort Portal to Hoima.
The company is building a power substation at Bulemwa along Hoima-Kaiso Tonya road. The workers laid down their tools at exactly 9am and blocked the road with stones and logs near Bulemwa trading center in Bujumbura division in Hoima Municipality accusing their employer of failing to pay their wages for the last one week. The workers are entitled to between Shillings 90,000 and 150, 000 each week depending on their job description.
Some of the workers told URN that they decided to block Hoima-Kaiso Tonya Road to express their dissatisfaction and intercept their bosses who use the road. The workers promised not to resume work unless they are paid their money.
It took the intervention of Abel Kyoto Barugahare, the Officer in Charge of Hoima Central police Station to convince the rowdy workers to calm down. He said police will ensure that their grievances are settled amicably.
Liu Lei, the project manager Shandong Taikai Power Engineering Company limited, told URN that his office paid Shillings 40M to the sub-contractor, Fred Katumba to clear the worker's pay and wonders why he didn't pay them.
Liu Lei has however assured the workers that they will be cleared by Thursday this week since Katumba is still in Kampala. URN couldn't reach Katumba for a comment since his known mobile telephone numbers were switched off by the time of filing their story.