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Leaders, Residents Protest Proposed Closure of Ttome Landing Site

This morning, residents led by Buvuma District Speaker, Buvuma town council LC III chairperson and councilors resolved to block the army from closing the landing site, which is home to more than 3000 people.
District leaders and community members in a meeting at Ttome landing site.

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Leaders and residents of Buvuma town council are opposed to the proposed closure of Ttome landing site by the Fisheries Protection Unit-FPU because of the recurrent crimes in the area.

Early this month, Captain Steven Alituha, the Commandant of the Fisheries Protection Unit- in Buvuma district suspended fishing activities on the island after recovering illegal fishing gear belonging to Pastor Noah Nabende from the home of a resident early this month.

He promised to close the landing site should they record any more offenses in the area. Captain Alituha claimed that criminal gangs hide in the area under the guise of fishing to commit crime. 

Barely a month after Alituha issued the warning, a resident identified as Alex Mudooli was strangled to death on the same landing site on Tuesday last week.  

This morning, residents led by Buvuma District Speaker, Buvuma town council LC III chairperson and councilors resolved to block the army from closing the landing site, which is home to more than 3000 people.   

Sarasino Namuyimba Ssekajjoro, the Buvuma District speaker notes the more the army interrupts business on the landing sites the more the district loses local revenue.  

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The Buvuma Town Council LC III Chairperson, Sabastian Okwale also argues that the role of the army on water is to protect Lake Victoria while the other businesses are under police and the local administrative units.    

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Edward Kayigwa, one of the residents claims that security operatives are less concerned about monitoring the area and investigating the cause of crime.

He says closing the landing site isn’t a solution since majority of those involved in crime are intruders. 

 

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Henry Ndege, the Ttome Island LC I Chairperson, says they have resolved to re-register all residents and intensify local council meetings to discuss security matters. 

However, Captain Alituha says the local leaders will not tell them what to do about landing sites that are rife with crime. “They can decide what they want but we also know what to do,” he said.

The Buvuma Deputy Resident District Commissioner, Haji Juma Kigongo, says they will soon convene a district security committee meeting over the same matter since they have recorded an escalation of crime on Ttome Island.