Workers at Mbarara Garbage Plant on Strike

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Workers at Mbarara Garbage Recycling plant have staged a sit down strike over none payment of their salaries for the past three months.

Workers at Mbarara Garbage Recycling plant have gone on strike to protest against the delayed payment of their salaries.

The workers are demanding for 4.2 million shillings in salary arrears. They say the money accumulated over a three month period.

The workers downed their tools on Tuesday and walked from Kenkombe to Mbarara Municipal Council chambers to express their dissatisfaction.

The angry workers pitch camped at the municipal chambers and vowed not to leave until their money is paid.

35-year-old Jolly Alinaitwe, a mother of six says that she has nothing to feed her children.
Steven Kurabirah, on the other hand said his children have been sent away from school because he cannot pay their tuition fees.

The wqorkers are paid 70,000 shillings each per month, for sorting out garbage before it is processed into manure at Kenkombe garbage recycling plant.

Justus Twine, who was contracted to run the recycling plant on behalf of Mbarara Municipality, says that he has not been paid by the council.
Twine operates the recycling plant at the cost of shillings 3.3 million each month. But Twine says that he has not been paid for three months because he has failed to secure a certificate of confirmation for the work done.

Brighton Muhumuza, the site engineer blames some council officials who demand for bribes to allow them access payment.

//Cue in…………the issue is not//
Cue out………………..what I always told you//

Paul Omoko, the Town Clerk Mbarara Municipality has advised the workers to task their employer to explain why they have not been paid.
/Cue in……………as council //
//Cue out…………..the employer//

The Mbarara garbage recycling plant is one of the plants constructed by the World Bank in selected municipality to promote efficient waste management.