By this morning, a number of gardens and pig houses were floating on parts of the lake that are adjacent to Masese landing site, Rippon falls and Rock. The same villages are also threatened by the rising water levels which are seemingly threatening to guzzle the Lake Victoria shoreline.
A heavy downpour has washed away
gardens in areas neighbouring Lake Victoria in Jinja district.
By this morning, a number of gardens
and pig houses were floating on parts of the lake that are adjacent to Masese
landing site, Rippon falls and Rock. The same villages are also threatened by
the rising water levels which are seemingly threatening to guzzle the Lake
Community members attempted to
harvest food from the floating gardens, and the piggeries, some claiming
ownership of the gardens that had been washed away by floodwaters, while others
were celebrating manna from heaven. The
ensuing scuffle prompted prison officers to use live bullets to disperse the
community members in vain.
Fishermen who live within
communities at Masese and Rippon Landing Site told URN that it was erroneous
for the prisons officers to stop people from harvesting food from the gardens because
no one knew how they were uprooted and how they moved to the shoreline close to
They added that the current lockdown
has left them incapacitated, and many looked at the floating gardens as a God-given
intervention to free them from starvation adding that the downpour that the uprooted
gardens came as redemption to households, as they continue to wait for
relief food from the government.
//Cue in; “Abantu b’alima emmere…
Cue out…Tufuneko ekyenkyo.”//
Suleiman Dumba, a resident of
Obote Way whose garden was carried away says that his means of survival have
//Cue in; “ensi…
Cue out… obulwade.”//
Meanwhile, John Walakira,
a research scientist with National Fisheries Resources Research Institute-NAFRRI
says that the lake is filling up and destroying all manmade projects along its’
shoreline as a result of uncontrolled human activity.
On Sunday, several areas within Entebbe
Municipality were also submerged by rising Lake Victoria water levels. The submerged
areas included Banga beach, beach line along Manyago, Kitubulu villages and
Serena Hotel Kigo. Others were Bugonga, Kigungu and Nakiwogo landing sites.
In the aftermath, the
Commissioner for Water Regulation and Management at the Ministry of Water, Dr
Caliste Tindimugaya explained that the floods could get worse due to the rains
and increasing inflows from mainly River Kagera and other rivers that pour
water into Lake Victoria, with levels now returning to the 1964 record of 13 meters.