Former Grain Milling Workers Protest Delayed Benefits

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630 former workers of Uganda Grain Milling Company Limited in Busoga threaten to march to State House over unpaid benefits.

Over 600 former workers of Uganda Grain Milling Company Limited in Busoga threaten to march to State House over delayed arrears and terminal benefits.
The group says they will match to State House, because the president's pledge to have them cleared has not been fulfilled.
Leader of the group, Kintu Mayega says they are demanding for over five billion shillings from government.
He says the money has accumulated since they were unfairly terminated from work.

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Government owned 51 percent of the shares at Uganda Grain Milling Company Limited at the time of its sale.

Mayega says the World Bank financially backed the privatization of the company and gave government funds to deal with the laying off of workers which did not happen.
UGMCL was initially sold to Okalebo International. It was then moved to Greenland Investments and Simba Distributors before being bought off by the current owners, Ngano Limited.

Mayega says since 2007, only 129 out of 630 former workers were paid.
Aya Ogola, who worked as a wages assistant until 1996 says they want government to compensate and resettle them, since they are drawn from different parts of the country.
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Florence Nakayiza worked in the packing department, and has never got another job since being laid off in 1994. She asks the president to fulfill his pledge.
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Vice Chairperson of the presidential pledges committee in parliament, Peter Ogwang says the pledge has not reached parliament and needs to be followed up with State House.
Efforts to reach the State House financial comptroller, Lucy Nakyobe were in vain as she did not pick her phone.

The workers were laid off gradually by government in between 1992 and 2002, but were not given any compensation.


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Aldon Walukamba
Aldon Walukamba believes he was born to be a journalist. Uganda Radio Network's former Busoga region bureau chief is now in Kampala to continue to do what he loves.

Walukamba has been an active journalist since 2000. He was a radio presenter and producer at Radio Management Services (Busoga FM, All Karamoja FM between 2000 -2004). He also worked as a media trainer at United Media Consultants and Trainers UMCAT and Makerere Institute for Social Development MISD (2005-2007), before he joined Buddu Broadcasting Services as a News Editor and Producer, later Programmes Manager and Station Manager.

Walukamba's journalistic interests are in local government, news, human rights, agriculture, environment and politics. He is member of several professional societies and sports Institutions.