Roselyne Mananu, a mother and resident of Fofo landing site in Hoima district says the situation is appalling. She calls on the government to intervene to the residents’ situation and provide relief food.
Hundreds of fishermen
operating on the Lake Albert in Hoima, Buliisa and Kikuube districts are on the
verge of starvation following the suspension of fishing activities as part of
the measures to combat the spread of COVID-19.
The Security Committee
in the three districts resolved last month to suspend fishing operations for 32
days to control the spread of Coronavirus disease. The authorities liaised with
their counterparts in Buliisa, Nebbi, Ntoroko, Kagadi and Pakwach districts to
effect the suspension.
The committee observed
that some Ugandan fishermen cross to the Democratic Republic of Congo where
they mix freely with communities on the other side before crossing back to
Uganda, which exposes them to infection.
A week into the
suspension of the fishing activities on the lake, majority of the fishermen say
they are on the verge of starvation. The fishermen say the suspension of
fishing operations has taken a huge toll on their families, since it is their
only source of livelihood.
Roselyne Mananu, a mother and resident of Fofo landing site in Hoima district
says the situation is appalling. She calls on the government to intervene
to the residents’ situation and provide relief food.
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Jarieko Oruke, a fisherman at Hoima landing site wonders why security
operatives have denied them access to the lake even when the Hoima Resident
district commissioner RDC to fish during day time.
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Peter Orach, a fisherman at Bogoigo landing site in Buliisa district, says they
should also be catered for in the ongoing food distribution exercise by government,
saying their families are on the brink of starvation.
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Ali Oryema, a fisherman at Bugoma landing site in Kikuube district, says most
families are currently dependent on a single meal a day, which is dangerous
more especially for children and elderly persons.
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Gilbert Wabyona, one of the fishermen attached to Senjonjo landing site in
Kikuube, says the suspension of fishing activities has increased the risk of
hunger among fishing families.
Pius Wakabi, the
Bugahya county Member of Parliament wants government to allow the fishermen go
on with their normal activities.
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Lake Albert employs approximately 56,000 fishers who harvest more than 100,000
tons of fish per year. Overall, fishery supports the livelihoods of more than
1.6 million people in Uganda.