The Island is home to 3000 people, mostly engaging in fishing activities. At the time of the fire, most of the fishermen are said to have gone for fishing. The deceased and injured have been taken to Mazinga Health Center III for postmortem and treatment respectively..
The contested land is located along the shoreline of Lake Victoria in Entebbe municipality. This is where fishermen who were initially evicted from Makusa and Lwamunyu landing sites located on an outlying island of Entebbe municipality had found refuge. It is now home to 3,500 people.
In October 2017, city businessman, Yusuf Galabuzi claimed ownership of the disputed land. His grandchildren obtained letters of administration for the same land from Kampala high court in January 2018.