Masindi Based Tobacco Farmers Petition Legal Aid Over Non Payment

A group of Tobbaco farmers from Masindi district has sought help from Masindi Law Development Center (LDC) Legal Aid Clinic over non-payment by Nima Tobbaco Company.

The over 20 farmers from Bwijanga sub county who claim to be part of over 300 farmers from the sub county stormed the Masindi town based clinic this morning seeking help so that they are paid by the company.

The farmers say  they sold their Tobbaco to the company in August last year and the company manager promised to pay them in two months later, but by today it  had not done anything prompting them to seek legal help from the legal  clinic.

Sabbiti Kiiza from Kyawinyi, one of the farmers who said he is demanding over Shs 2million revealed that  he failed to pay school fees for his children while other farmers  have been evicted from the land they have been  renting to grow Tobacco.

Deo Kasangaki, another farmer from Kyawinyi said he acquired a bank loan hoping to pay it back using proceeds from his   Tobbaco, but because of delayed payment, he failed to pay the loan and he has fled his home for fear of being arrested by the bank.

Our reporter could not get a comment from managers of Nima Company on the matter since he his phone was not readily available.

The petitioning of the legal clinic by the farmers comes less than a week after farmers from Pakanyi Sub County also in Masindi district stormed the same office seeking its intervention in the matter of non-payment for their Tobbaco by the same company.

However the farmers were yet to be attended to by lawyers from the legal clinic at the time of filing this story.



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