Jonathan Muhwezi speaking at a protest organised by Doras Luimní and the Foynes Asylum Seekers for Change in Limerick last August
Jonathan Muhwezi, a chemist from Uganda, spent nine months in the Mount Trenchard direct provision centre in Foynes, Co Limerick.
He claims he was moved to the Limerick centre to be punished – after he complained about the conditions of the direct provision centre he had been previously been living in, in Newbridge, Co. Kildare.
Colm Ward, from the Limerick Leader, writes:
“’The food was appalling. We had no heating – the place was cold. It is an old building and some of the windows were broken so it could freeze at night. People used to have problems with coughs and flu and all that. There were cameras in the toilets, it was terrible.’”
“He was finally transferred from Mount Trenchard last August following a series of protests in the centre by residents over the food and living conditions. He is now living in Westbourne, a centre for single men on the Dock Road.”
“Mr Muhwezi also spent time in the former Hanratty’s Hotel in Limerick city, now a direct provision centre. There, he claimed, he had to share a room with two men, one of whom was a heroin addict. ‘I was sharing a room with a fellow from West Africa, a Muslim, and another one who was a junkie – he had a heroin problem. He was shooting heroin and there were needles everywhere. The management knew about it but they couldn’t do anything about it.’”
Previously: Meanwhile, In Limerick