Currently, a 28 feet recommended boat size is being built by Kyalimba Construction Company at Bangaladesh landing site in Namasale sub county. 56 out of the 846 boats expected for the start are already furnished.
Amolatar district leaders are concerned that they have been side-lined
from enforcement of the fishing ban on Lake Kyoga.
The fish ban has been in existence since last year when leaders had resolved to
impose it for only two months. This was aimed at allowing the Uganda People
Defense Forces Fisheries Protection Unit to fight illegal fishing activities
and restore fish stock.
However, the District leaders are not happy saying they have been left out in
the entire processes of enforcing the ban.
Simon Peter Ongom, the District LCV chairperson, says that side-lining the
local leaders of the area would indicate that there is something wrong going
Ongom believes that fighting illegal fishing activities is not a bad idea but
the area local leaders must be involved in the process.
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Jolly Joe Opio, the Amolatar District Speaker argues that their
position as district leaders on the activities in the lake activities is
unknown saying they have nothing to present to the community.
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Opio also re-echoed the need to open the landing sites for fishing
activities. He says that local revenue collection has greatly been affected
after fish farming was halted.
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Francis Ojok, the District Production and Marketing Officer say
community members are demanding for information about the entire process which
information they do not have because they have been side-lined.
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Meanwhile Julius K. Ankunda, the FPU Commander blamed the gap on
some leaders whom he said de-campaigned their fight against illegal fishing
within their communities.
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However, Tony Otunga, the District Fisheries Officer revealed that a meeting
which took place last week resolved to have a team comprising of the
District leaders and the FPU to monitor the entire processes geared towards
resuming fishing activities in Amolatar District.