Over 2500 residents are complaining about the uncontrolled levels of pollution from Mayuge
The residents who say the pollution is threatening their lives come from Imanyiiro sub county in the villages of; Buvuna, Lugolole, Bufulubi zone A and Bufulubi zone B.
Residents say that they suffer both air pollution from
bagasse and water pollution through a bad odur liquid emitted from the factory
drainage systems to their water streams and gardens.
Awali Tezikuba, the L.C.1 chairperson of Bufulubi zone B
says that boreholes and the wells have been polluted with bagasse
forcing residents to travel long distances in a bid to collect
safe water from the neighboring villages.
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Robert Kaluma, a resident of Lugolole village says that
smoke emitted from bagasse causes frequent coughs and efforts for redress from
factory owners have failed.
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Ali Boogere, a resident of Buvuna village says that crops
have dried up due to the pollution which flows from the factory’s drainage systems
to their gardens.
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Karim Munobwa, another resident says that bagasse are indecomposable
components which have mixed with their soils and made them unsuitable for
agriculture as most crops get affected within a month of planting them.
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James Kayanga, the councilor representing Bufulubi parish
says that leaders at sub county level have engaged the factory owners to
eliminate pollution, but all in vain.
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Maxwell Mukisa, the district speaker says that their
efforts to engage factory owners have not yielded anything and has called upon
the Ministry of water and environment to prevail over the situation.
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Meanwhile, efforts to get a comment from management of Mayuge Sugar factory have turned futile as all top officials are reportedly off for holiday during the festive season.