The Kenyan made plastic dhow is being showcased on selected beaches across Lake Victoria in the countries of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda with an aim of challenging central governments, local governments and private entities on the need to take action against plastic pollution in East Africa’s largest water body.
The fishermen told URN on Thursday that some fishermen had resorted to fish poisoning so as to harvest more yet in the long run threatening the sustainability of the fisheries sector to compete on the global market.
According to preliminary information, the 13 Ugandan traders were sailing on a boat with an unspecified number of bags of maize flour and fish from Sigulu Island in Namayingo district for sale in Kenya.
Project X youth innovators is a team of six university graduates who devised means of earning income by introducing unique water transport devices within the country. This time around, they designed a bicycle with two light pipes at the sides which enable it to keep afloat along the lake.
Agnes Atwooki, the NSWC Jinja area Principal Public Relations Officer told URN that Jinja, one of the country’s oldest towns, had heavy capacity underground sewerage lines. However, over time, road contractors have left the lines leaking without making any attempts to refurbish them after completing their road works.
The on-going exercise that commenced on Thursday at Nsonga landing site in Nakisunga Sub County intends to maintain the 200 meters from the water bodies as a buffer zone, where no human activity is allowed.
The company was contracted to construct the 2.9 kilometres of Eng Zhikusooka Road and Main Street extension in Jinja district, under the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development- USMID project.
The residents note that their counterparts across the islands of Serinya B, Bumba, Kazi and Sagitu who purchase food from different landing sites have continued with their daily movements to the neighbouring countries of Kenya and Tanzania yet there are security forces mandated to enforce the presidential directives.
State Minister for Fisheries Hellen Adoa Says that many of the encroachers have failed to heed to calls to vacate the shoreline, threatening the natural resources and their habitats. According to Adoa, all the lakes are now covered with floating islands that descended from the weakening shorelines as a result of human activity.
George Musinguzi, the UPDF Spokesperson in Busoga sub region, says they have teamed up with experts from the National Environment Management Authority and National Fisheries Resources Research institute-NAFIRRI to ensure that their operations are nondestructive to aquatic life.
According to ESKOM Uganda Limited, the company with a concession to operate and maintain Nalubaale and Kiira Hydro Power stations, the floating Island which originated from Lake Victoria Basin as a result of the current rising water levels created extensive debris and waste material that blocked the water intake screens, through which water for power generation is transported.
By this morning, a number of gardens and pig houses were floating on parts of the lake that are adjacent to Masese landing site, Rippon falls and Rock. The same villages are also threatened by the rising water levels which are seemingly threatening to guzzle the Lake Victoria shoreline.
Mukiibi Sserunjogi, a 30 passenger boat operator from Katosi landing site to Ddamba island in Koome sub county Mukono district, says many people are stranded on the islands and lack money to return to their homes.