Presidential Initiative On Banana Industrial Development Workers Spend Months without Pay

Presidential Initiative On Banana Industrial Development – PIBID secretariat is almost closing office after workers deserted the place over failure to pay wages by the initiative.  


One of the disgruntled workers, Ahereza Cranmer Ndoreere, expressed his disappointment and anger by sending messages to PIBID bosses via their official Facebook page.

“As one of the constructors of the TOOKE factory in Bushenyi, i would wish to know the body responsible for our wages bcoz i really don’t understand how a company can fail to pay its workers for 6weeks and threatens to sack whoever cannot bear with the situations,” wondered Cranmer.

Our highly placed sources have revealed that the situation is not only worse at the factory but also at the secretariat which is located on Plot 26A, Lumumba Avenue, Kampala.

“The secretariat has been deserted because the workers no longer afford fares to office,” revealed the source.

Red Pepper online understands that some worker have also resigned due to financial related matters among them being the  initiative’s Senior Accountant a one Mr. Muhindo Charles.

It is not yet clear why the initiative is not paying the workers but an inside source has revealed that the Finance Ministry refused to release funds due to failure to account for the previous funds given.

When contacted, PIBID Deputy Director Dr. Joseph Bahati could not comment on the issue and referred the reporter to contact the PIBID human Resource Manager and Administrator.

The Presidential initiative on Banana Industrial Development (PIBID) is a pilot project of the Government of the Republic of Uganda under the Board & Management Committee (BMC)

PIBID whose underlying theory of change is that rural farmers with access to science led-processing and value addition enterprises is under the patronage of H.E. the President of the Republic of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. They intend to transform rural farmers’ lives.