Flower firms on Police watch over poisoning, sexual harassment
By Serestino Tusingwire
Police have launched an inquiry into the operations of flower firms in Uganda due to rising cases of poisoning and alleged sexual harassment.
Andrew Felix Kaweesi, the Police spokesperson said all flower firms in the country are under probe because of workers’ outcry regarding alleged unfavourable working conditions.
“There have been a couple of complaints which we have not been following and we have now realised it is part of a bigger problem. Workers have complained of sexual harassment, forced labour and non-payment,” Kaweesi said on Monday.
Last week, over 80 workers at Royal Van Zanten flower firm in Wakiso District received emergency medical attention after they complained of various health complications following alleged exposure to poisonous chemicals at their place of work.
A source at the Special Investigations Unit intimated to us that the manager of Arizona Flower Firm in Wakiso District on Monday recorded a statement after nine of the firm’s workers were taken to hospital after suspected poisoning.
“We are going to use these poison claims as a case study to investigate all those involved in the flower business. It seems there is a lot of mismanagement. We shall make a detailed inquiry,” Kaweesi said.