The Ministry of Works and Transport contracted the Company in 2019 to tarmac a road and construct the bridge that connects Nakasongola to Kayunga district for a tune of 15 billion Shillings. The construction was supposed to be completed within 18 months, but was later granted a six months extension.
Sam Kigula, the LC 5 Chairman of Nakasongola district says that theft of animals has plunged pastoralists into poverty. He says Police has failed to end the thefts due to manpower problems. He says that to address the problem, they have resolved to form anti-cattle theft committees comprising seven vigilantes per village to patrol their village areas.
Tom Bukenya, the Assistant Regulations and Quality Assurance Control Commissioner at Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries says that government can’t allow fishermen to resort to illegal methods so as to catch more fish.
Sam Kigula, the chairperson of Lake Kyoga Integrated Management Organization, an umbrella organization for all districts sharing the lake, explains that during the review meeting, local leaders asked the Fisheries Protection Unit (FPU) to lift the ban to enable fishermen to resume fishing for survival.
According to proposed ordinance, Bogere wants the district to restrict the business of dealing in scrap to adults above 18 years following reports that children are dropping out of school to sale scrap. He also wants the district council to compel scrap dealers to have known collection centers where people can sale old metals rather moving house to house, which abets vandalism.
Samuel Kasirye, the Prime Minister of Buruuli Chiefdom explains that the valley dams constructed by both the district and private farmers dried up in August 2018 leaving pastoralists desperate, with no water to sustain their animals.
Nsamba says they have also appealed to the Fisheries Protection Unit to resume their operations on the Lake and fight the practice of fishermen gazetting certain spots on the lake, which is fueling clashes.