David Ongom Mudong, the East Kyoga Region Police Spokesman, says the contractor has been charged with sabotaging government program vide SD Reference 35/07/08/2020 of CPS Serere. He says police are conducting inquiries into the matter.
Police are holding Zacharia
Egweret, who was contracted to build boats for 22 landing sites in Serere
District. Egweret was picked up on Friday evening by Police and soldiers attached
to the Fisheries Protection Unit- FPU on the orders of the Fisheries State Minister,
His troubles stem from several complaints from fishermen over
the delayed completion of their boats. Pressure has mounted on the contractor
to complete the boat following the resumption of fishing activities on Lake
Kyoga last month. Hundreds of people, who have paid for the boats, have pitched
camped in Kagwara Landing Site waiting for their boats to be completed.
However, the works stalled early this week due to the shortage of paint that
ran out of stock in the region. This prompted several fishermen to call on the minister, who
is also the Serere Woman MP to intervene in the matter. On Friday, Adoa visited
Kagwara Landing Site but as she met the contractor and FPU, some of the
fishermen who had spent days in the area waiting for their boats started crying
before her, causing a scene at the landing site.
Adoa was moved by the tears of an elderly man and expectant
mother who fell on her feet while pleading for help. The duo screamed on top of
their voices prompting the minister to direct that the two people be served. Bernard Ariangu, the Kagwara Landing Site FPU Chairperson
says although the minister directed that the two persons be served considering
their state, the authorities involved were stuck since the duo’s boats were not
He explained that some arrangements were made to provide the boats
but they were surprised when the contractor was arrested in the evening.
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Ariangu observes that people who paid for the boats recently
are piling a lot of pressure on the contractor; something he notes affects work.
“People who paid for the boats last month want to be served faster, leaving
those who paid their money in May. But when officers try to explain, they rush
to call the minister and that is what is bringing the confusion”, he added.
David Ongom Mudong, the East Kyoga Region Police Spokesman,
says the contractor has been charged with sabotaging government program vide SD
Reference 35/07/08/2020 of CPS Serere. He says police are conducting inquiries into the matter.
However, information from Kagwara indicates that people are getting agitated
over the arrest of the contractor, since it has affected the progress of the work.
Emmanuel Amaitum, the Kagwara Village Chairperson says the
situation has forced him to take a delegation to CPS Serere to negotiate for the
possible release of the contractor. Amaitum explains that people are
more concerned with the progress of the work, which they want to be completed as
soon as possible.
He revealed that the pressure for boats is mounting following
the good catch of Nile Perch in the lake.
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While launching the reopening of fishing activities on Lake
Kyoga on July 27th, 2020, Adoa indicated that 450 boats were ready in Serere.
However, most of the boats were not painted. The new guidelines require all
boats to be painted boats. The colors differ in each district.