Workers decry torture by Chinese employers

Tuesday April 21 2015

By STEVEN ARIONG

Moroto.

A group of workers with Chinese Bridge and Road Construction Ltd who are constructing the Moroto-Nakapiripirit road in Karamoja sub-region, have decried what they term as inhuman treatment by their employers.

The workers claim they are insulted and assaulted by the Chinese supervisors.
Mr John Logit, who is currently nursing his damaged testicles at Moroto hospital after he was kicked by one of the Chinese supervisors, said last week many of his counterparts are suffering too.

“Any small mistake attracts a slap. They instruct you to dig but as you are digging one of them kicks you from behind like a ball. I can’t urinate well anymore,” Mr Logit said.
Ms Jane Nangiro, a female worker who quit the job over similar challenges, claimed police have done little to help them despite the many times they have reported the cases.

Mr Ching Ling, one of the Chinese supervisors, declined to comment on the matter referring this newspaper to their team in Kampala for comment. However, the phone number he provided was inaccessible.

Moroto District CIID boss Amos Abaro confirmed the workers had reported that their rights were being abused by the Chinese working on the road but said the matter is being addressed.

“For the case of the boy whose testicles were allegedly damaged by a Chinese, a case file was opened and we are waiting for the Chief Magistrate to come to the office and the file will be taken to court,” Mr Abaro said.

He advised the workers to continue reporting assault cases to police in order to be assisted.
Napak District chairperson Joseph Lomonyang promised to follow up the issues adding that mistreating locals is bad.

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