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Drought Hits Kalangala Island

At least 900 of the 2300 residents on Bufumira have migrated to the nearby sub counties of Bubeke in Kalangala District and Kituntu in Mpigi district. Sylvester Ssemugenyi, the LC I secretary Bufumira island, says currently no boat are allowed to fish.
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Several people have started migrating from Islands on Bufumira Sub County in Kalangala district citing lack of food.

The food crisis stems from the decision to halt rice growing from due to increased environmental degradation.

District authorities also stopped the residents to stop engaging in fishing activities until they wipe out illegal fishermen from the area. The most affected people are from Bufumira, Lulindi Kaswa and nearby landing sites of Lwamayiba and Kusu. 

At least 900 of the 2300 residents on Bufumira have migrated to the nearby sub counties of Bubeke in Kalangala District and Kituntu in Mpigi district. Sylvester Ssemugenyi, the LC I secretary Bufumira island, says currently no boat are allowed to fish. 

He residents lack money to buy food since they are economically crippled because of the ban on fishing ad farming activities.

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Apparently to access food residents have to use boats to move to nearby islands like Sserinya. Those who cannot afford transport have nothing to eat. Most of the land on the islands isn't arable since it is rocky. 

The crisis has escalated food prices in the area. A plate of basic food like matooke, rice and beef has shot up from Shillings 3000 to 9000, which too costly for the residents.

Rachael Kakooza, a proprietor of a restaurant on Lwamayiba landing site, says boats with food for sale take close to a month to get to their landing site. This according to Kakooza leaves the landing site without food since it is purchased from such people. 

In some instances, people get free food bought by well-wishers like the sub county chief, Kennedy Kwikiriza. Some of the people are said to have returned from where they came from. 

The Bufumira Sub County Chairperson, Robert Munaaba wonders why the people in the area are restricted from participating in some economic activities. "We are all Ugandans who are allowed to participate in all economic activities so long as we have the necessary requirements. No one should be denied a right to food." Munaaba said.