Geoffrey Otim, the officer in charge Bangaladec police outpost in Namasale Sub County, says the deceased has been venturing into the swamp to catch mudfish for the last five years. He explains that Opio would go to the swamp at 4 am and return home around 11 am.
The most affected sub-counties are Namusale, Awelu, Etam, Agikdak, Akwon, Muntu, Awingiri, Nalibwoyo, and Opali. The floods have submerged several homes, pit latrines and crop gardens leaving residents with nowhere to turn for help.
The government banned fishing activities on all Uganda water bodies in May 2019 to improve the fish stocks and reorganise the sector. As a result, a number of districts have reported improvements in fish stock, which have been attributed to the intervention of the Fisheries Protection Unit.
Currently, a 28 feet recommended boat size is being built by Kyalimba Construction Company at Bangaladesh landing site in Namasale sub county. 56 out of the 846 boats expected for the start are already furnished.
In mid April, Lake Kyoga Management Organisation-LAKIMO slapped a two month ban suspending fishing activities to allow the Fisheries Protection Unit (FPU) coordinate the registration of fishermen and their boats.
The district was in the process of purchasing the vehicle at the cost of 180 million Shillings. But a section of district councilors headed by Geoffrey Ocen, the former district Vice chairperson filed a petition in court, challenging the purchase.
Epajus forced leave was sanctioned by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of local government, Ben Kumumanya. This follows a petition from the local leaders protesting alleged embezzlement of over 1.5 billion shillings.
The 3.7 million Dollar 12.39 billion Shilling ferry built by a Danish company Johs Gram- Hanssen-Western Marine Shipyard, ferry is currently on a trial drive while awaiting completion of the docking site at Zengebe in Nakasongola district.