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Vandalism Hits New Kaliro Sugar Factory :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Vandalism Hits New Kaliro Sugar Factory

In the last 9 months, the work on Sugar and Allied Industries Limited (SAIL) located at Bwayuya village in Namugongo sub county-Kaliro district, has suffered theft of iron bars, metal wires, bricks and cement worth over 100 million shillings.

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 Construction of a new sugar factory in Kaliro district has been hit by vandalism of building materials six months after work commenced.

In the last 9 months, the work on Sugar and Allied Industries Limited (SAIL) located at Bwayuya village in Namugongo sub county-Kaliro district, has suffered theft of iron bars, metal wires, bricks and cement worth over 100 million shillings.

It is suspected the construction materials have continuously disappeared in the hands of either the over 300 casual laborers or intruders from within the community.

Syed Akhter Abbas, General Manager SAIL has petitioned police requesting for the establishment of a police post at the factory site to beef up security and restore law and order in Bwayuya village.

Abbas says the five security guards placed at the entry points to check people entering and leaving the site are not enough given the size of the factory occupying an area of 50 hectares.

Moses Babi, the Bwayuya LC1 chairman says before, the area was peaceful with close to 200 people, but in the last 9 months the population has risen to over 1000 people who came from different places to look for jobs.

Joram Mwesigye, Kaliro District police commander says that he has thoroughly discussed the matter and guided the administrators of the sugar factory on how to apply for the police post.

According to the DPC, more than 50 cases of theft of factory materials have been reported and police patrols have been increased in the area.

SAIL plans to start sugar production in January 2013 and will also generate 12megawatts of biogas electricity.

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