Allan Muhwezi, another victim says that poverty is lurking at their doors because, without food, development becomes difficult and hard. According to Muhwezi, the hailstorm seriously affected his 4-acre coffee plantation.
The illegal fishing gear was destroyed by marine forces led by John Ngoy, Commander of the 33rd Naval Group on Lake Edward and Eco-guards from the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature-CICN.
According to Jean-Paul Ngahangondi, the member of parliament for the territory of Beni in North Kivu province the latest incident occurred early this month when UPDF marines allegedly crossed into Congo at Kyiavinyonge landing site in Beni territory and seized four canoes with four outboard motor engines and arrested 12 fishermen.
Elly Maate, the Kigezi Region Police spokesperson identifies the accident vehicles Toyota Hiace Ambulance Reg. No. UAX 413Z and police patrol number UP 5487 attached to Rukungiri Police station. Maate describes the accident as a minor head-on collision.
Didas Mugisha, the Board Chairperson Kigezi Co-operative Union, says prior to its collapse, the union comprised over 60 cooperative societies with hundreds of coffee farmers drawn from the Greater Kigezi sub-region. He says they have now embarked on mobilizing farmers to form societies and supply coffee to the union.
The said operatives kidnapped 10 fishermen in the wee hours of August 2, 2020, and later placed a four million Shillings bounty for their release. The fishermen included David Mucunguzi, Innocent Twinomujuni, Shabul Nabasa, Jackson Tumuhamye, Benjamin Tusasibwe, Nicholas Sunday, Kenneth Kabasharira, Nicholas Tumwesigye, Patrick Bwiho and Jackson Musinguzi.
Monday Kamugisha, a road user says that the authorities have kept a deaf ear about the state of the road. He says heavy rains being experienced coupled with the heavy trucks that ply the route have left it messy and impassable.
The 15.4 km road connects Rukungiri to Kanungu district through Lutenga sub- County and it has been under construction for 6 months, financed by Uganda road fund. The project which cost 34 million Shillings was handed over two months ago, has not even withstood the first rains that fell and has already been destroyed by runoff water from the hilly surroundings.
Some of the victims have been identified as David Mucunguzi, Innocent Twinomujuni ,Shabul Nabasa, Jackson Tumuhamye, Benjamin Tusasibwe, Nicholas Sunday, Kenneth Kabasharira Nicholas Tumwesigye, Patrick Bwiho and Jackson Musinguzi.
The over 116 operators complained about the unfair distribution of relief food though they were also named as a vulnerable group by the President at the time he announced a nationwide lockdown as a way of crumbling down the spread of the corona virus disease in the county.
The Shillings 127million Omukatooma gravity flow water scheme was built by Dalkam Technical Services to provide clean safe water to 11 villages in Kiganda and Murama parishes in Nyakishenyi Sub- County in Rukungiri district.