Eddy Kalanzi, an engineer who is also a victim, says that he the company owes him 1,649,000 shillings. Kalanzi says that Kalema would at times not give them food yet he of demands them to work the whole day without resting. He says that whenever they call Kalema’s phone he does not pick.
Nine workers of Jokamax Construction Company Limited are stranded
in Kihihi town council, Kanungu district after their executive director
abandoned them and escaped when they demanded unpaid wages since February of this
Jokamax Construction Company Limited, which belongs to
Joshua Kalema, is subcontracted by China Henan
International Construction Company (CHICO) to construct the drainage system and
small bridges on the ongoing tarmacking of 78 kilometers Rukungiri-Kanungu road.
The affected workers include seven stone patching engineers and two casual laborers. They include Eddy Kalanzi Kaddo, Joseph
Abigaba, Andrew Kajimu, Anthony Kangwire, Mike Twinomujuni, Abdu Ryima, and Shafi
Muhumuza among others.
According to the workers, in their agreement with
Kalema each stone patching engineer was to be paid 35,000 shillings per square
kilometer while each casual laborers was to be paid 7,000 per
However, workers say that despite working, Kalema declined
to pay them the wages since February this year.
one of the affected engineers says that he is owed 1,750,000 shillings.
Twinomujuni says that since January however, much as Kalema was
supposed to be paying them every Saturday, he would keep on adjourning and promising
to release the money any time.
says that they worked until last week when when Kalema
disappeared. Eddy Kalanzi Kaddo, an engineer who is also another
victim says that the company owes him 1,649,000 shillings.
Kalanzi says that
Kalema would at times not give them food yet he demands of them to work the whole
day without resting. He says that whenever they call Kalema’s phone number he
does not pick. He says that they are now stranded in Kihihi, hungry and
their hopes of sending some money to their families are now faded. Kalanzi also says that they have on Friday sought help from the office of the Deputy Resident District Commissioner in Kihihi after
CHICO that subcontracted Jokamax Construction Company Limited also gae them a deaf ear.
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Gad Rugaaju Ahimbisibwe, Kanungu Deputy Resident District Commissioner
confirmed to our reporter that he has received a complaint from engineers and
casual laborers accusing Kalema of disappearing without paying them.
Rugaaju also says that he today personally tried to reach
Kalema on phone but he would not pick. Rugaaju also says that Kalema disappeared and
abandoned incomplete works. According to
Rugaaju, Kalema’s disappearance puts ongoing road works at risk of stalling.
Rugaaju however promises to engage other
relevant authorities to hunt for Kalema.
Efforts by our reporter to get a comment from Kalema were
futile since he could not pick his phone. Nicholas Ndamwesiga, the CHICO Community Liaison officer also did not pick his phone calls to give a comment about the matter.