Muniongo 77, died on Wednesday at his Ancestral home in Duhaga cell Kahoora Divison Hoima Municipality from cancer. He was the Chief adviser to Bunyoro Kitara King Dr Solomon Gafabusa Iguru on cultural affairs and a member of the Bunyoro Kitara Royal commission.
Bahati Ondoma, one of the affected persons, says they are in untold suffering ever since they were forcefully evicted from their ancestral land. He explains that most of them mainly children and women have nothing to eat and that some of their colleagues have started dying of hunger.
Currently, the government and oil companies are implementing several Infrastructure and environmental social Impact studies in preparation for the first barrel of oil expected by 2022. Part of the ongoing works includes the construction of an airport in Buseruka, studies on the East African Crude Export Pipeline, construction of the oil refinery and development of oil roads.
The Omukama also called on his subjects to work hard and improve so as to boost their household income. Iguru also observed the need to conserve the environment because of the effects of climate change.
While droughts are uncommon in Hoima, the length and severity of the dry conditions since September last year have strained cattle farmers. They endured dry conditions for more than five months, hand feeding their animals and forced to sell down stock as they run out of pasture and water during the prolonged dry spell.
The leaders say that the speculators have forced many Banyoro to sell off their land something they say could see many natives in future left with no land. Jackson Byaruhanga, the Minister for Natural resources Bunyoro Kitara kingdom says the speculators have made land prices shoot up since they come with huge sums of Money.
In his speech delivered by his Prime Minister, Andrew Kirungi Byakutaga, the Omukama who looked to be in a jovial mood urged the new cabinet to work hard to promote Unity and development in the kingdom.
Rose Nyamaizi who operates a restaurant in Kiganda cell in Kahoora division where the Lagoon is located says the Unbearable smell from the Lagoon has forced her customers to do away with her business since they cannot withstand the situation. She says sometimes trucks offload feaces in the lagoon at lunch time when people are taking lunch at her business premises something she says has greatly affected her business.
The Residents blocked the road with Logs, tree branches and stones paralyzing transport as several vehicles remained stuck on the road for several hours. They say that the road has increasingly become impassable as a result of potholes and tonnes of dust stirred by passing vehicles.
Robert Mujuni, a representative of fishermen at Kaiso landing site in Buseruka sub county Hoima district also confirms that some Ugandan fishermen bribe Congolese government officials to allow them to operate freely.
The refugees have now pitched camp at the landing sites of Kaiso, Kyehoro, Mbegu, Sebigoro, Nkondo and Kijangi in the sub-counties of Buseruka, Kyangwali, Kabwoya and Kigorobya in Hoima district along the shores of Lake Albert.