Residents of Kalyambuzi Landing Site of Koome Sub County, Mukono district have appealed to government to come to their aid after several months without food, following a ban on all fishing activity on the site.
Government through the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) announced the ban, accusing the residents of continuous involvement in illegal fishing activities.
The residents told Chimpreports that ever since the ban was issued, 6 months ago, there is no longer any economic activity in the area.
“Our hands are now tied and we are not earning anything; we have nothing to eat,” said the LC 1 Chairperson, Swaibu Mubiru Saalongo
The Chairman added said due to the high unemployment, there is increased school drop out in the area as well crime.
The Chairman made the cry while receiving food relief from the former Mukono South MP candidate, Fred Kayondo.
“I can’t look on as people die of hunger with no help from the authorities. These are my people and this is where I come from,” Kayondo said.
The politician wondered why the ban has been extended for all these months since January yet the residents have expressed remorse and reformed.
“Government should consider lifting the ban because these are able-bodied Ugandans who need to work for their own survival,” Kayondo said.
He added that after the ban, the resident have since adopted the recommended fishing methods which include use of recommended fishing nets as well as avoiding fishing young fish.
Kayondo donated several bags of posho to over 1000 residents that live on the island. He promised to always do whatever is humanly possible to deliver aid to those in need.
Caption: Kyayondo (in suit) delivering food items to Kalyambuzi residents.