Godfrey Ssemanda, a resident of Lambu landing site in Bukakata Sub County, indicates that dumping of the foreign plastic materials is frustrating their local efforts of collecting the waste materials for recycling because part of it remains stuck in the floating vegetation cover on the lake.
While releasing findings of their survey on the status of landing sites in Masaka district at Lambu fishing village in Bukakata Sub County on Tuesday, Wilson Kutamba, the Programs Manager at ASDI, noted non-compliance to the preservation of water catchment areas as one of the major threats to the entire Lake Victoria ecosystem.
Emmanuel Ssekito, a former resident of Kachanga landing site, says the waste materials are carried along by the rain waters flowing into the lake. According to Ssekito, some of the waste material was carried into the lake from the dumping sites on landing sites that were submerged by floods while some was carried from people’s homes.
Andy Zhao, the Deputy Projects Manager of Hunan Roads and Bridge Construction Group Company limited; a firm that was subcontracted to execute the works says they have failed to progress at their planned speed due the heavy flooding of the construction route.
Paul Ssendiwala, one of the fishermen at Lambu landing site says that at least 100 houses have so far collapsed after they failed survive the rising water levels in the area and that occupants are living in temporary shelters put at some raised points at the landing site.