government has re-opened the Mpondwe border fish Market in Lhubiriha Town
Council Kasese District.
government suspended cross-border business and border markets as part of
the COVID-19 preventive measures.
Minister for Fisheries Hellen Adoa who officiated at the re-opening of the
market said that the government was aware that many families and local
governments were depending on the markets as a source of livelihood and
adds that traders must strictly adhere to Standard Operating Procedures-SOPs,
or else the government may be forced to suspend those that are not complying.
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Adoa also asked the UPDF fisheries unit to intensify operations against illegal
fishing activities and bring to book whoever is implicated. She says that
most illegal fishermen are wealthy individuals who use their influence to engage
in illegal fishing practices.
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Though the traders welcomed the reopening, they are demanding full re-opening
of the border.
Brian Bwambale a fish dealer says businesses in Mpondwe are heavily dependent
on the Congolese who purchase in bulk. He adds the cross-border Covid-19
restrictions including the mandatory Covid-19 testing and the high cost of visas
will limit the number of Congolese who are coming into the country to buy fish.
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Fatima Abdallah is worried that if the border is not fully open they will
keep out of business since there is little demand from the local population.
Muhindi the Kasese LCV Chairperson says the market generates revenue for the
district adding that they have registered the lowest revenue collections in the
last two years.