Ismail Mushemeza, the Kitagwenda District LC V Chairperson has stopped the licensing of fishing boats at Nyakera landing site on Lake George.
stems from complaints from some at the landing in Bukurungo town council accusing the District
Fisheries Officer, Evelyn
Atuhaire of illegally licensing boats of none residents.
They also accuse Atuhaire of fraudulently owning several fishing boats, which creates unfair
competition for the fishermen.
Paul Barirora, a fisherman at Nyakera landing site, says that he has been paying his license fees to the ministry of fisheries but was surprised to see his license revoked and given to another
person without any clear explanation.
//Cue in; Aba fisheries Nibo Binna…..
Cue out:…atatutakumaya nitushasha munonga,”//
Boniface Beyanga, another fisherman, says that the fisheries officer owns several boats
acquired through proxies.
Beyanga called for the
intervention of the district
Authorities and ministry of fisheries to intervene and resolve the matter.
//Cue in ;Nitusasa kulebangu tukatandikka Nomwaro
Cue out: Nibo Bakutuletera Obuziibu,”//
Ismail Muhereza, the LC 5 chairperson Kitagwenda district told URN that they have commenced
investigations to ascertain
the magnitude of the problem.
He says that they have halted
the issuance of boat licenses
with immediate effect until pending the vetting exercise that resumes in January 2022.
//Cue in: “Twikirizana Na Vetting committee ya
Cue out ; Akavuyo Akali ha landing site egi,”//
officer has not yet commented on the accusations levelled against her and she couldn’t
pick our repeated calls to her known cellphone number.
The government officially gazetted
Nyakera landing site in March 2021. Twenty boats were licensed
to operate on the landing site.