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Army To Register Kigungu Fishermen Before Reopening Landing Site

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While meeting the fishermen on Monday, the Fisheries State Minister, Hellen Adoa, said only registered fishermen will be allowed on the lake. He asked the fishermen to register their boats.
Saidi Kayongo, the Chairperson of Kasenyi landing site pleading with the officials

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Only registered fishermen will be allowed to resume operations at Kigungu landing site in Wakiso district once it is reopened by the army on July 30th, 2021. The Fisheries State Minister, Hellen Adoa disclosed this in a meeting with the Fishermen and Fisheries Protection Unit at Kigungu landing site on Monday. 

The meeting came two weeks after the army sealed off Kigungu and Ndese landing sites and confiscated over 150 boats following the murder of Private Samuel Okodoi by two fishermen on July 16th, 2021 when he tried to apprehend them for engaging in illegal fishing activities.  


The two fishermen have since been arrested. The fishermen expected the army to allow them to resume their normal operations. While meeting the fishermen on Monday, the Fisheries State Minister, Hellen Adoa, said only registered fishermen will be allowed on the lake. He asked the fishermen to register their boats.

She also said she wants the government to support the fishermen directly because of their potential contribution to the economy.   

//Cue in: “I want direct ….    

Cue out :….powerful than oil,”//    


She also advised fishermen to venture into other income-generating activities rather than relying entirely on fishing. Lt. Col Dick Kaija, the commandant of the Fisheries Protection Unit told residents that the the army is putting in place measures to avoid the attack on his men.

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He asked the fishermen to cooperate with security officers for the smooth operation of their activities. Saidi Kayongo, the Chairperson of Kasenyi landing site went down on his knees and pleaded with the army to reopen the landing sites, saying many people depend on fishing for survival.  

//Cue in”: nga takola naye…. 

Cue out :…kuba twesalidde omusango.”//

He explained that fishermen are ready to participate in the registration process to prevent illegal practices on the lake.