Harugongo sub-county in Kabarole District are worried over the open
murram ditches in the area. The affected villages include Kanyatete, Kakundwa Harugongo,
The ditches where pozzolana was extracted have turned into man-made lakes in the
area. They are
also breeding places for mosquitoes and a death trap for residents, especially
In 2018 Hima
Cement Factory contracted Royal Transit company GEMs international, and other
companies to supply Pozzolana. The companies brought heavy equipment and
started excavating pozzolana from Harugongo and Kichwamba sub-counties.
companies did not restore the affected areas after excavating the Pozollana.
Residents are concerned that the open ditches are posing risk to the children
of Harugongo Primary School.
John Kagaba the area LCI Chairperson of Harugongo village says that ditches are
becoming a hideout for criminals in the area. He adds that there are fears that people will fall into the ditches and drown.
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Christopher Kagaba, another resident says that they have informed the sub-county
and district officials to intervene, in vain. He says that the open ditches have
made the soils soft making the area susceptible to flooding especially when it
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Godfrey Musumba the LCIII Chairperson of Harugongo Sub County, says that the majority
of the open ditches are on land that was leased to the companies by individuals.
He says that the land owners should task the companies to cover the ditches.
Eunice Kanyiginya the Kabarole District Environment Officer says her office is
aware of the complaints and there are plans to restore one of the most affected
areas in Kyakaigo Parish.
Kanyiginya says her office will ensure the destroyed areas are restored to
enable the land to become useful and productive for agriculture.
In May, the
State Minister for Ethics and Integrity Rose Akello ordered the District
Environment office to ensure that the open ditches are restored. She was
responding to complaints from residents about environmental degradation in the