“Every night, our sleep span is shortened by blasts of dynamites”, confesses a local who speaks off record. She adds that the stone fragments plunge into the roofs of their homes destroying properties worth millions and on top of that injure the minors.
The disastrous Chinese quarry mines are located in Mugambe, Kasangombe village in Nakaseke. The locals are concerned about the health risks associated with the mines with some revealing that their pregnant wives have already suffered miscarriages. Ssebuliba Ashraf reveals to Ekyooto that their cries are falling on deaf ears with the government showing no hopes of intervening.
Due to their silence on human rights and poor governance in Uganda, the Chinese have enjoyed a favourable working environment from the 33 year rule of the NRM government. They have manifested their loyalty to Yoweri Museveni who as we speak has already travelled to Beijing to tighten more ties and acquire huge debts for his militaristic government.
The Ugandan natives have not benefited from the bilateral ties between the two nations as the Chinese firms operating in Uganda do not offer satisfactory salaries to their Ugandan employees. Reliable research reveals that a Ugandan worker in a Chinese firm earns between shs 3000-5000 a day after doing heavy work. The same research portrays Chinese firms as the leading degraders of Uganda’s environment