Judith Nabisere, one of the affected residents, says that the closure of the landing site has worsened the misery of her life. She explains that she used to cook food and her clients were mainly fishermen but most of them relocated to other landing sites.
The 7 billion Shillings project measuring over one kilometre long and about 200 meters wide was meant to provide sufficient water for domestic use, irrigation, cattle and other purposes in various villages, parishes and Kagamba, Lwamaggwa and Ddwaniro sub-counties.
Mugumya further explains that MAAIF engaged a consultant three years ago to conduct a feasibility study on the lake. Mugumya says that the consultant visited the district and conducted the study but he has never returned since and the ministry of agriculture has never given them feedback about the proposed restocking of the lake.
Joshua Kananura, the Rakai District Police Commander, says that fishermen and the police managed to retrieve the bodies and took them for postmortem before handing them over to the deceased’s respective homes.
Patrick Mande, another affected resident, says he plans to relocate to another village to access clean and safe water. He appealed to the government to intervene by setting up boreholes or taps in the affected communities to help the residents.
A Uganda People’s Defense Force-UPDF soldier identified as Captain Godfrey Kalamuzi had obtained permission to open boundaries in two villages of Kyakago and Kasese located in Kibanda sub-county, Rakai district, where he claims ownership on a piece of land measuring 254 hectares. However, at least 1,000 residents living in 240 homes who are settled on the same land have resisted the opening of the boundaries arguing that it could be a plot to have them evicted.
Each of the project beneficiaries are required to first deposit a total of 168,000 shillings to an account in United Bank of Africa-UBA, before they are given implements that can cater for a plantation; measuring to one acre.
Benon Kayima, the Byakabanda sub county youth chairperson, says the precondition of making a payment before getting the inputs, is standing as an obstacle to many intending farmers in the villages who cannot raise the required fees.
Livingstone Ssamula, a teacher at Kyabiihwa Primary school in Kakuuto Sub County has confirmed being summoned last week to record a statement over Shillings 5 million that was wired into his account beyond his regular pay.
Joseph Kizito, a coffee farmer in Kitabaazi in Masaka has welcomed the initiative. According to Kizito, if implemented well, government can utilize the information to provide them with incentives and farm implements that will boost their production.
A collapsed bridge in Rakai district is becoming the scene of drowning deaths as news trickles in of a new victim. The Kijonjo Bridge over River Naludugavu connects Kabira Sub-county to Kasasa Sub-county and Kyotera town council in Rakai. The latest victim\'s body was discovered on Tuesday, January 13, 2015.
Kizito Lutaaya, the Kasasa sub county youth leader says after the breakdown of boreholes, a biting dry spell and the failed intervention by Rakai district authorities, residents in the cattle corridor area are adopting desperate measures to acquire water for Domestic use, irrigation and animal consumption.
Now, Rakai officials are accusing the company of establishing a farm on part of the land meant to host the water project. Workers of Dott technical services have planted maize on about 30 acres of land reserved for the bulky water project, which is almost ready for harvesting.
Dr. Nicholas Kawuta, the Commissioner Veterinary Services under MAAIF says that lifting the quarantine at this time may affect the eradication campaign and also lead to the spread of the foot and Mouth Disease to neighboring districts.