Security Closes Two Indian Farms In Nwoya

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Nwoya District LC V chairperson, Patrick Okello Oryema, says they have directed Police to investigate some of the investors in the district for noncompliance with immigration laws.

Security has closed two commercial farms owned by Indians in Nwoya district for alleged breach of labor laws and sexually harassment.  




The affected are Rigil Farms Limited and Vineyak Agro Farms Limited. Rigil Farm Limited sits on 14,300 acres of land found in Lukai, Leb Ngec, Alingiri and Anaka parishes in Alero Sub County. 





It specializes in cotton production while Vineyak Agro Farms Limited is located in Nyamokino parish in Lungulu Sub County.   It sits on 6,000 acres of land and involved the production of beans, coffee and millet. 





Tony Okello, the Speaker Nwoya District, says the decision to close the farms was prompted by a council resolution passed on Tuesday following the shocking discovery of rights violations on the farms.




He says council learnt that the farms employ children as young as eight years to work without proper protective gears and employment contracts. 



Okello says a council committee visited the farms and discovered that workers we receiving inhuman treatment without proper feeding. 



He says some of the owners of the farms were implicated for sexually harassing their female employees.   


 
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Okello says council resolved to punish the proprietors of farms violating labor laws with fines of Shillings 500,000 and compensation of their employees Shillings 10 Million.  






Nwoya District LC V chairperson, Patrick Okello Oryema, says they have directed Police to investigate some of the investors in the district for noncompliance with immigration laws.







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The proprietors of the farms haven't yet commented as they couldn't be reached by the time of filing this story. 





Immaculate Nalubyayi, an Advocacy Officer with Save the Children in Uganda has asked Nwoya District local government to regulate the activities of children on commercial farms.





She says their rapid assessment discovered that most of commercial farms in Nwoya thrive on exploitation and abuse of child labourers in contravention of stipulated laws.   



Andrew Ocen, the Police Officer in-charge of the Child and Family protection unit in Nwoya district, says 21 cases of child labor were reported in the district in 2018. 




He says the office is incapacitated in terms of logistics to arrest the situation.  







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Most victims are reported to be from Amuru, Tororo, Pakwach, Mbale, Dokolo, Lira, Arua and Nebbi district.  



Nwoya district has about 35 commercial farms, according to the rapid assessment report of the Save the Children in Uganda.