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SPILLING BAGASSE NEARLY COSTS MASINDI MAN’S EYE

By Innocent Atuganyira

MASINDI: The spilling bagasse in Masindi town nearly cost the Masindi resident man’s eye.

Denis Abigaba 45 years old, a resident of Kijura North Central Division Masindi Municipality in Masindi district explains how he was going to lose his right eye due to the spilling bagasse.

Abigaba explains that in 2019 as he was heading to his fields in Mirya sub county, a fuso lorry ferrying the bagasse from Kinyara Sugar Ltd poured it on him.

He explains that the incident happened in the morning hours at Kirasa Cell along Masindi – Port Road. ”I tried cleaning myself but little did I know the bagasse splints had already accessed my eyes,” he asserted.

Abigaba who didn’t disclose the amount of money spent to treat the eye, told our reporter that he tried to get medication from different health facilities including Masindi district general hospital, Hoima regional referral hospital but in vain.

”It was this year when I was told that there are American health specialists at Kiryandongo hospital, and when I went, they operated on my eye,” he said.

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He also explains that though it’s now three weeks since he was operated on, he hasn’t fully recovered. Abigaba adds that he was advised not to work until he totally heals this, costing him.

Speaking to our reporter in an interview last week, Hon. Ronald Businge Kyomuhendo the Mayor Masindi Municipality said they will engage the Municipal authorities over the issue of littering bagasse in the town.

Kyomuhendo also revealed that recently they had an engagement meeting with Kinyara Sugar Ltd and they agreed to use alternative routes alongside the town.

The politician also asserted that in liaison with police in Masindi, they will impound vehicles littering the bagasse in the town.

On 4th of February 2022, the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development released a press briefing on the new development in the physical planning area which was passed by the parliament as a law for the orderliness of the environment in the country.

Under the physical planning Amendment Act no.2 of 2020, its an offence to litter, and anyone who litters is convicted or subject to a fine of up 2 million shillings or imprisonment or for a period not exceeding one year or both.

The law makes it mandatory for every premises to have a litter bin or garbage bin. It is an offence the conviction of both which attract a fine of up to 2 million or both.

The law further states that people found throwing rubbish or sugarcane loaders who leave sugar cane leaves heaped all over are all subject to fines under the law.

 

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