Retrenchment of Igara Tea Workers Met with Mixed Reactions

by Job Namanya Apuuli

The retrenchment of workers by Igara tea factory in Bushenyi district has attracted mixed reactions from the residents and the retrenched employees.

Last Week, recipe remedy the factory laid off over 200 employees apparently due to the fall of tea prices on the international market.

One concerned resident, tadalafil Dr. Abel Mucunguzi, wondered why the company had delayed to pay farmers that had for long supported its existence.

He advised the company leadership clears the previous debts as it tries to cut costs. Dr. Mucunguzi says that even if the prices reduced, the company still earns enough to pay off the workers and farmers.

He said that the problem affecting the factory was lack of effective communication, poor representation and the misuse of the farmer’s funds.

Richard Ayebazibwe pointed out that the problem came from the directors employing their relatives, making unnecessary trips abroad while using the company’s money and engaging in other uneconomical practices.

Ayebazibwe said that the factory leased Kakombe tea estate, one of its leading estates to individuals who are selling the tea leaves to other factories.

Alex Twinamatsiko, one of the former employees intimated to our reporter that they were laid off without being paid their salaries for the last three months. He further said they demand an explanation on when they will be paid.

Early this week, police deployed heavily at the premises after getting information that some people had stormed the factory with intentions of burning it. The Bushenyi District Police Commander, Richard Anyama confirmed that they deployed to contain the situation.

During a press conference at Western Meridian Hotel, Bushenyi on Monday, Arthur Muguzi an official from the factory blamed the situation on the continued wars in Arab countries which have been the major destination of Ugandan tea.

Igara tea factory was incorporated in 1969. It is located 12 km off the Ishaka-Kasese highway in Butare, Kyamuhunga, Bushenyi District.

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