Adoa, who’s currently conducting community Barrazas across Serere district says that she has received several complaints of extortion attributed to the Fisheries Protection Unit (FPU) manning operations in the lakes.
Hellen Grace Anuso, a resident says that the committees have deliberately devised means of frustrating people seeking PDM cash. Anuso says that that sometimes, the committeees ask for money which they can't afford.
Damali Nachuha, the East Kyoga Regional Police Commander confirmed that investigations are underway but refrained from divulging specifics. Nachuha stated that both the police and other security agencies have taken keen interest in the matter and will update the public on progress.
Moses Tibamwagaine, an Engineering Assistant working on the project through the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) says that the completion of the project is dependent on the availability of funds from the ministry.
During the Barraza, the Minister learned that the community members had been told to pay money by the SACCO leaders, the Parish Development Committees, and some LCI Chairpersons to enable them to access PDM funds.
Adoa who doubles as the Serere Woman Member of Parliament was enraged when she heard that the PDM cash had been paid to ghost beneficiaries in Osokotoit and Aisin A villages. The Minister’s anger flared when she heard that the PDM committee sidelined two villages of Okulukulun and Atapar while selecting beneficiaries for funding.
Bernard Odikor, the Kagwara Town Council LC3 Chairperson says that his community has not benefitted from the facility since it was constructed. He says that the facility is a ghost project, which he notes could have benefitted individuals.