Joseph Mugumya, the Fisheries Officer In-charge of Kooki County, says the campaign
comes at the time the district is struggling to restock Lake Kijanebarola with
different fish species mainly the Nile tilapia.
Currently, pupils in these schools improvise with papyrus mats, timber, car tyres, and bricks while others sit on bare ground. According to Moses Baryamutuha, the headmaster of Kyabigondo Primary School, Ddwaniro, they do not have a single desk for learners in the nursery section and lower Primary sections.
Judith Nabisere, one of the affected residents, says that the closure of the landing site has worsened the misery of her life. She explains that she used to cook food and her clients were mainly fishermen but most of them relocated to other landing sites.
The 7 billion Shillings project measuring over one kilometre long and about 200 meters wide was meant to provide sufficient water for domestic use, irrigation, cattle and other purposes in various villages, parishes and Kagamba, Lwamaggwa and Ddwaniro sub-counties.
According to Ssaku, the elections collided with his examinations, which couldn’t enable him to stay around for the voting. He, however, says that he counted on his trusted agents and party leaders to help him in his absentia.
Joseph Mwebe, the Presiding Officer Kifamba Sub County, attributed the delay to a lack of voters. He said that the polling officials and voting materials were delivered earlier, but voting could not start.
According to the affected residents and local leaders, their hope for the lake to return has reduced since the water has kept on diminishing. They say that more than 50 cows and 40 pigs have died due to lack of water.
Sylvia Kyohairwe Tegyeza, the Rakai District Returning Officer Tegyeza asked the candidates and their supporters to adhere to the COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures-SOPs and refrain from acts of violence.
The by-election will be conducted for the Kifamba Male Youth Councilor position which fell vacant following the death of Augustine Jaggwe of National Unity Platform-NUP who died in a car accident. The other position is for the Female Elderly Representative for Lwentulege Town council, PWD which is vacant following the death of Regina Nambooze.
Sylvia Tegyeza, the Rakai District Registrar, said that the aspirants were ready with their nomination forms, but were yet to be stamped by the Chief Magistrate Patrick Kityo who was not in the office.
Mugumya further explains that MAAIF engaged a consultant three years ago to conduct a feasibility study on the lake. Mugumya says that the consultant visited the district and conducted the study but he has never returned since and the ministry of agriculture has never given them feedback about the proposed restocking of the lake.
There are four vacant positions in the district which include the Male Youth Councilor for Kifamba sub-county, Female representative for the Elderly in Lwentulege Town council, the female councillor for Persons with Disabilities for Lwamaggwa Town council, and Female representative for the Elderly in Mweruka Town Council.
Joshua Kananura, the Rakai District Police Commander, says that fishermen and the police managed to retrieve the bodies and took them for postmortem before handing them over to the deceased’s respective homes.
Rose Nalubowa, a member of the school’s governing board, explains that there is nothing much going on with the case since the suspects were remanded. She says that they have not received feedback from the investigating and prosecution authorities on the status of the case.