Sugar cane cutters in Masindi protest, one shot dead
Written by Caroline Katusiime on September 27, 2021
One person was gunned down during a protest by over 200 Kinyara sugar cane cutters in Masindi district over the weekend. The deceased only identified as Rizfork and resident of Arua district met his death when anti-riot police opened fire to quell the protest in Kibamba village in Pakanyi sub-county.
It is alleged that the sugar cane cutters who had been deployed to harvest sugarcane in Kimbamba village in Kyakamese parish staged a violent strike protesting delayed payment of their wages by the Kinyara sugar company. Each cane cutter is entitled to Shillings 5000 per day.
A cane cutter who spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity, says explains that they have not received their payment for the last two months.
Julius Hakiza, the Albertine Region police spokesperson, says that when police arrived, the cane cutters turned very chaotic and started pelting the officers with stones. They eventually attacked police officers and grabbed one of the motorcycles registration Number UP 3127 belonging to Kabarogota police post and set it ablaze.
This prompted the anti-riot police to start firing live bullets in the air to disperse the rowdy cane cutters and in the process, a stray bullet hit Rizfork in the chest killing him instantly.