VS Hydro Uganda Employees Lay Down Tools


In short
VS Hydro Uganda Limited is a company owned by nationals from Sri-Lanka generating power for Nyamugasana 1 and 2 power plants in Kyalhumba sub county, Kasese district.

Now, employees, mainly casual labourers have laid down their tools accusing the company of mistreatment.

70 Employees of VS Hydro Uganda Limited have laid down their tools citing exploitation by the hydropower company.

VS Hydro Uganda Limited is a company owned by Sri-lankan nationals generating power for Nyamugasana 1 and 2 power plants in Kyalhumba Sub County, Kasese district.

Loti Mumbere who has been working with VS since July 2017 says they have since discovered that for two years now the power generator has never remitted any money to the National Social Security Fund.

He also adds that it is not possible that VS was also paying Money to URA for PAYE since the all the labourers do not have tax identification numbers (TINs).

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Mumbere wants the government to protect them from exploitation.

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Jemima Ithungu another employee at the company also questions the safety under which they operate. She explains that the company pays little attention to safety wear like safety shoes and helmets. 

She also adds that whenever an employee gets injured on job, they are not supported by the company.

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Asansio Kule who works as a steel fixer at VS Hydro Uganda Limited says that the company should also employ them as full time employees.
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Officials from VS Hydro Uganda Limited declined to comment on the matter.


About the author

Kule Jerome Bitswande
Jerome Kule Bitswande is the URN pioneer Bureau Chief-Kasese.

He's passionate to write about public policy, culture and politics.

Before joining URN in April 2018, Jerome had written for Radio One and Two, The Observer and New Vision.

Jerome strongly believes that it is only the common man that has the untold story. And it is that untold story whose narration he wants to be party to.

The two-time Award Winner with Media Challenge Initiative also believes the Kasese and entire Rwenzururu story is yet to be told; it's against that background that when URN assigned him to his cradle, he did not give it a second thought.

Todate, he's fondly called the Rwenzururu Royal Guard by peers and workmates.