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Masaka Landing Sites Choke on Plastic Waste

Godfrey Ssemanda, a resident of Lambu landing site in Bukakata Sub County, indicates that dumping of the foreign plastic materials is frustrating their local efforts of collecting the waste materials for recycling because part of it remains stuck in the floating vegetation cover on the lake.
Part of the big heaps of plastic that is collected for recycling in Masaka, some of the Materials according to residents float on the Lake Victoria Water from the Neighbouring countries

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Different landing sites in Masaka District are choking on heaps of plastic waste. The most affected landing sites include; Lambu, Kaziru, Kisuku, Makonzi, Ddimo, Bukakata among others, which have a direct linkage to Lake Victoria which is shared by the East African Community member states.

Richard Musoke, the chairperson of the Beach Management Committee at Kaziru landing site says that most of the plastic waste dumped in the area comes from Tanzania and are directly dumped into the lake.

He identifies the foreign plastic materials on the labels and packing bottles used for mineral water, alcoholic and other soft drinks that are consumed in Tanzania. Musoke explains that much of the foreign plastic wastes are regularly seen floating on the waters before it is dumped on the shallow ends of the lake, which is usually at shorelines within Uganda. 

  //Cue in (Luganda) “plastic oyo….   

  Cue out; ……e Uganda mutono.”// 

Godfrey Ssemanda, a resident of Lambu landing site in Bukakata Sub County, indicates that dumping of the foreign plastic materials is frustrating their local efforts of collecting the waste materials for recycling because part of it remains stuck in the floating vegetation cover on the lake.

He expresses concern that uncontrolled dumping of plastic materials from the neighbouring countries is interfering with fish breeding points, hence affecting the stock and eventually the catch by the fishermen.  

//Cue in: “emyalo gyaffe….   

  Cue out; …. Obuchupa obyo.”// 

Antonio Kalyango the Executive Director of Biodiversity Conservation Foundation-BCF; a local civil society advocating for environmental protection in Masaka, indicates that they are now looking forward to involving the fisherman to champion the campaign for proper plastic waste disposal on the lake.

According to Kalyango, they have found it necessary to encourage the fishermen to voluntarily pick all the floating materials on the lake, such that it collected in areas where they can easily be picked for recycling. 

But Rose Nakyejjwe, the Masaka District Environment Officer indicates that it is time that all East African Community member states agree on a joint conservation operation to save the lake from abuse.   

She prefers that besides enforcing a total ban on plastic and polythene materials, the member states should rigorously fight all irresponsible human habits that endanger the lake, saying they are considering petitioning the Ministry of East African Community Affairs about the concern.  

  //Cue in: (Luganda) “tulina abantu…..   

  Cue out; ….mujuramu kasasiro.”//