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Leaders Want Fresh Investigation into Kagwara Fish Handling Facility

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.
Lady rides bycicle infront of Kagwara Fish Handling Facility gate.

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A section of leaders in Serere district is calling for fresh investigations into the Shillings 2.7 Billion fish handling facility at Kagwara landing site. Constructed with the support of the African Development Bank under the Fisheries Development Project (FDP), the facility has fallen into pieces before use.

The district leadership declined to commission the facility in 2017. The Serere district leadership then declined to receive the facility from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Industry citing shoddy works. Currently, only the shade is standing in visible shape while all other sections of the facility have collapsed.  

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.

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George William Eyagu, a fishmonger and resident of Kagwara says that they have lost the bargaining power for better prices because of the poor fish handling methods at the landing site. He says that there’s poor hygiene affecting the handling of fish which has affected the prices of fish at the landing site. The businessmen at Kagwara landing site buy tilapia and the Nile perch at 6,000 and 7,000 Shillings respectively per kilogram.

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Joseph Opit Okojo, the former Serere District LC V Chairperson says that much as the district petitioned several offices including Parliament on the Kagwara fish handling facility, it has not drawn any serious attention from the concerned offices and individuals.

He notes that the construction of the facility was remotely managed by the ministry, leaving out the district that was supposed to supervise the work.

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Hellen Adoa Abeku, the Minister of State for Fisheries says that the government is sourcing funds to enable the reconstruction of the Kagwara Fish Handling Facility and other similar projects in the Buyende, Nakasongola, and Amolatar districts.

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According to Adoa, Bukungu, Rwapanga, and Namasaale landing sites have relatively similar challenges that need to be addressed to enable the fishing community benefit from the projects.