The rising waters which have also cut off roads, blocking access to Lwampanga R/C Primary School and several homes in the neighbourhood. Several toilets have also been submerged creating a sanitation crisis in the area.
David Sserubombwe, the LC III Chairperson of Nabiswera sub-county says the affected people have nowhere to go because their houses were destroyed yet the sub-county is yet to identify an area where they could be resettled.
It's reported that Zziwa met his death on Thursday night after he sneaked into the Lake Kyoga to lay fish traps along the shorelines. In the process, he was captured by a crocodile and eaten alive, according to Ronald Ssedinda, a fisherman at Kibuye Landing Site.
Fred Ssembajwe, one of the affected residents says he is dismayed by the government’s failure to relocate them despite persistent pleas for help. Ssembajwe says they are stuck with nowhere to go, and no one to help.
Kabasombwa village Chairman James Kwerigira explains that the two fishermen had gone fishing at around at 11 p.m. on Sunday night when the tragedy occurred. Kwerigira suspects that their canoe was hit by heavy winds.
The Savannah Regional Police Spokesperson Isah Semwogerere says that the Police Marine Unit has retrieved the dead bodies of two fishermen and they are in process of handing them over to bereaved families for burial.
One of the deceased has been identified as Samuel Ocii, 49, a resident of Zengebe landing site in Nakasongola district, who reportedly drowned at Munami landing site in Lake Kyoga while trying to engage in fishing on Sunday night. The second fisherman who drowned at Kyebisire landing site in Lwampanga sub-county is yet to be identified.
George William Lubega, the Lwampanga Sub county LC 3 Chairperson explains that the water from Lake Kyoga has submerged several homes forcing over 3000 residents to flee for their lives. He says the number of displaced persons is likely to increase as the water levels continue rising.
Sam Kigula the LC 5 Chairperson of Nakasongola says that the extension of the ban came after a review meeting held recently under Lake Kyoga Integrated Management Organization at Amolator headquarters where they found out that illegal fishing was still prevalent.
Samuel Abedi, the Amolatar District Police Commander, says they have so far recovered the bodies of Carlos Ogwal, 6, Michelle Akello, 3 and their mother, Lillian Ayugi, 32 years. He says they are still searching for the bodies of two other accident victims.
Sam Kigula, the chairperson of Lake Kyoga Integrated Management Organization, an Umbrella body for all districts that share the Lake, says they petitioned President, Yoweri Museveni for additional deployment given the fact that the Lake is shared by 11 districts.
Nsamba says they have also appealed to the Fisheries Protection Unit to resume their operations on the Lake and fight the practice of fishermen gazetting certain spots on the lake, which is fueling clashes.