60 Fishermen Evicted As Kalangala Authorities Close Landing Site

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At least 60 fishermen have been evicted from Kisalamala landing site in Kalangala as authorities close it citing poor sanitation, insecurity and illegal operation.

At least 60 fishermen have been evicted from Kisalamala landing site in Kalangala after authorities closed it on Wednesday, October 26th, citing poor sanitation, insecurity and illegal operation.

Kisalamala landing site is located in Bujumba Sub County on Bugala Main Island.

Jude Lukyamuzi, the Bujumba Sub County LC3 Chairman, stormed the landing site with security operatives and fisheries officers and closed it on grounds of operating illegally. 

Lukyamuzi said that they decided to close it and evict the fishermen on the order of the sub county council resolution passed last week.

Lukyamuzi revealed that Bujumba Sub County Council unanimously decided to close it because it was operating without council approval.

A fact finding mission on the site discovered the one and half acre landing site littered with human waste yet fishermen were drying silver fish on the same compound which exposed them to water borne diseases such as cholera and dysentery.

Meddie Kayondo, the Chairperson Kamwanyi Beach Management Unit, said all the affected fishermen had been ordered to relocate to Kamyanyi landing site which is about 2km from the closed down Kisalamala landing site.

URN was unable to contact the affected fishermen.

But Jackson Baguma, the Kalangala district Fisheries officer told URN that he was not yet aware of the closure of any landing site in the district. He however said he would consult and investigate.


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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.