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.
The government has resolved to forcefully eject all persons who encroached on wetlands and shorelines along the different lakes across the country.
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.
Adoa stresses that the shoreline communities have been sensitized
to voluntarily abandon the illegal farmlands around the water bodies in vain. She adds that encroachers have stretched illegal activities across the country leading to the blockage of the smooth flow of excess water from the lakes, forcing it to invade the shoreline.
She adds that such excess water spreads on the shoreline hence the increase of floating islands along the country’s major water bodies. She was speaking in Jinja district today, where expert teams have embarked on uprooting a seven-acre piece of the floating island that settled at Masese Landing Site.
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The country recorded its’ heaviest loss as a result of the semi
floating islands on April 14 when part of the debris blocked the
turbines at the main power stations of Nalubaale, Kiira and Bujagali, causing a nationwide
However, Jinja based fishermen led by their vice-chairperson
Philemon Kudera, have accused the responsible agencies of foul play in their
efforts to uproot floating islands as most of them only respond when the
islands are nearing the new bridge yet the same can be anchored at the shoreline.
Kudera further says that standby teams mandated with
ensuring sanity along Lake Victoria have ignored alerts from fishermen yet at the same time, they take longer to clear them from the landing sites.
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However, Feni Luvuyo, the Eskom’s technical director argues
that their main mandate is to ensure uninterrupted power supply to their
clients and further advised fishermen to direct such alerts to his monitoring team, which he says
will quickly persuade other partner agencies to offer a timely response.