Residents of Kasenene-Kyewanise village in Kyampisi sub-county, Mukono district have petitioned the National Environment Management
By Kikonyogo Ngatya and G. Kadilo
Residents of Kasenene-Kyewanise village in Kyampisi sub-county, Mukono district have petitioned the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) over noise and dust from a stone quarry.
The quarry is owned by Cementers construction company. Residents said on Friday dust from the quarry engulfs the area during lunch hours.
â€œWe have to stay indoors most of the day. Our children have developed eye problems. We have developed diseases like chest pain,â€ a resident said.
â€œThe blasts bring back memories of the 1970s saba saba gunships,â€ an old woman said. LC1 information chief Emmanuel Nsubuga said several diseases had been reported since the quarry started a year ago.
Mr. Kirma, the Cementers general manager, said, â€œA lot of people are not happy with our success. They must be the ones trying to soil our endeavours by making the people file unfounded allegations.â€
He said NEMA had authorised their operations. â€œWe have not yet started blasting. We are just doing simple rock work,â€ h said.
When The New Vision visited the site on Friday, machines were digging up stones under tight security. Dust covered vegetation in a 200m radius. Site chief Ravi Siani blamed the dust on the dry weather. NEMA spokes-person said inspectors had been sent to the site.
Mukono residents protest over noise