By Innocent Atuganyira
Leaders in Pakanyi sub county Buruli county in Masindi district are worried over the increased cases of child labor in sugar cane activities.
The Pakanyi sub county Community Development Officer Naboth Kanyoro has attributed this to lockdown which has left many school going children idle.
Kanyaro has condemned the act of sugar cane farmers/contractors involving children in cane activities noting that these children are supposed to do domestic work but not cane activities.
He explained that during the activities, children learn bad morals from old people, yet they need to be trained in upright way.
He has thus vowed to arrest all the parents who are neglecting their children by allowing them to take part in cane activities.
Samuel Atuhairwe the sub county chief noted the factory may not be aware of child labor in cane activities because most of the children are hired by either farmers or contractors.
When approached the Communications Manager Kinyara Sugar Factory Mr. Richard Wanok, told www.mknewslink.com that Kinyara is a law binding organization, and all operations are done under the law of Uganda.
“We are strongly against the use of child labor and all our contractors are prohibited from using child labor, and it’s also included in the agreement with them,” he added.
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