Aswa River Energy Company Accused of Mistreating Workers

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Kenneth Kaheru, the Director Aswa River Energy Project, says he has no choice but to review how manual laborers are being recruited to work at the power station, adding that his Company will thereafter strengthen its grievance handling mechanism to protect aggrieved workers.

Aswa River Energy-ARPE has come under the spotlight for mistreating its laborers and denying the local communities in Pader district jobs. 




Aswa River Energy is undertaking the constructing of the 100 megawatt power station in Angagura Sub County in Pader district.
 
 
A group of former laborers accuses the company of sacking staff irregularly without a fair hearing. On Monday, a group of disgruntled youth staged a demonstration by blocking the only road leading to the construction site with boulders and logs.


Francis Ogenrwot, one of the aggrieved residents told URN that the Company prioritizes nonresidents.


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Ronald Akemkwene, another resident says he was falsely accused of being a victim of the nodding syndrome and sacked from the kitchen where he initially worked and sent to work in the toilets.



Geoffrey Ojara, the Angagura Sub county Youth Chairperson says the Company's safety manager has been particularly singled out for mistreating employees. He accuses the manager of masterminding the sacking of at least five youths under unclear circumstances.

 
The youth want sub county leadership to be involved in the recruitment of manual laborers to guarantee their job security and ensure transparency. John Chris Mugisha, the Pader LC V Vice Chairperson, says they met the company managers and tasked them to investigate the allegations within a week's time.

 
Kenneth Kaheru, the Director Aswa River Energy Project, says he has no choice but to review how manual laborers are being recruited to work at the power station, adding that his Company will thereafter strengthen its grievance handling mechanism to protect aggrieved workers.
 
 
The 100 megawatt power dam is being constructed at a water fall along Aswa River Valley in Bur Lobo village, Bur Lobo parish in Angagura sub county, some 50 Kilometers North East of Gulu Town. 



The station is being built with funding from the African Development Bank worth US $ 200 million.