MADHVANI FACES SUIT OVER JINJA SHOOTING
By Mulengera Reporters
Mayur-led Madhvani Group is Shs3bn poorer after angry residents of Kinyoro in Jinja’s Kakira Town Council descended on their sugarcane plantation and in the process destroyed over 600 acres of cane. Mayur Madhvani, who is the Group CEO, says in the process over 25,000 tons of sugarcane was burnt to ashes. He estimates this to have cost the company Shs3bn. He says this is a loss to the GoU and out growers more than it’s for the Madhvani Group. That as a result of what happened, the Madhvani Group will for the next three months not be purchasing sugarcane from out growers. This is the direct consequence of the 600 acres that was burnt.
The mob violence, mostly spearheaded by Boda riders, was sparked by desire to protest the circumstances under which one of the Madhvani Group security guards shot one of their own called Batisita Atayo. Eyewitnesses say that Atayo was shot dead as he walked around the Madhvani Group Kakira Sugar Ltd’s facility while picking scrap. He was subsequently suspected of being a thief and one of the security guards working under Madhvani Group-owned Industrial Security Services (ISS) fired bullets at him, killing him instantly. Atayo’s friends fled the scene as the shooting began but ill-fated Atayo was unable to escape. The ISS guards got hold of him and loaded him on their vehicle truck.
His best friend Sultan Kamajin claims the ISS men then subjected Atayo to extreme torture while on their van, an ordeal during which he succumbed to his wounds and died. The Madhvani guards abandoned the body in the hospital mortuary, something that prompted the mob to spontaneously descend on the sugarcane plantation. David Wamono, who chairs the area Boda association, said the violence against the Madhvani Group sugarcane plantation was justified because the guards of ISS, their subsidiary company, had gone too far shooting innocent people dead almost annually. Wamono says they have always reported their grievances to authorities but no action is taken.
What Police and UPDF soldiers intervened on good time to deescalate the violence, Jinja RDC Eric Sakwa condemned Madhvani Group-owned ISS for tolerating too much laxity and indiscipline among their ISS guards who have made it a habit to shoot at innocent residents. Mayur admits that his ISS guards acted with unnecessary brutal force but also advises the youth in the Kakira neighborhood to become hard-working as opposed to stealing scrap from the township. (For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org).