At least a dozen of armed security officers that comprise the Police and Uganda People’s Defense Force-UPDF soldiers are deployed at both gates of the ferries' loading stations to oversee thorough checking of all persons before they are allowed on board.
Hellen Namyalo, a VHT at Lambu fish landing site says they are in fear of health-related illness due to gross poor waste disposal, and of late due to toilet charges which she says are not affordable to many people.
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.
The suspects who are in three pairs of women and men are believed to have sailed by boat from Kansensero and Nangoma Landing Sites of Kyotera district. The two landing sites were recently condoned off by authorities and declared quarantine zones after they presented increasing numbers of community COVID-19 transmission.
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.
Frank Lugwana, one of the truck drivers says that despite working under immense pressure without lunch they are paid less. He reveals that a driver is paid a monthly salary of Shillings 430,000, which is little and doesn’t come regularly.