Sub County Chief Survives Lynching By Fishermen

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Samuel Onyango, a sub county chief of Bugoma Sub County in Sigulu Island, Namayingo district, on Monday survived being lynched by fishermen during the elections for beach management unit leaders.

Samuel Onyango, a sub county chief of Bugoma Sub County in Sigulu Island, Namayingo district, on Monday survived being lynched by fishermen during the elections for beach management unit leaders.
 
Over 200 fishermen gathered at Bugoma landing site to hold elections this morning and Onyango began reading out the requirements for one to be eligible to stand for the post of Chairman Beach Management Unit.

Among the requirements, the sub county chief told fishermen that for one to stand, he or she had to read and write two languages including English. This requirement angered fishermen, who demanded to know why Onyango, a sub county chief was imposing policies on them. The fishermen said they wanted to elect their own chairperson, who knew their problems.

Patrick Ojara, one of the fishermen from Bugoma said English is a stumbling block for new members to stand for the post of chairman beach management unit. He noted that most fishermen cannot write in English, and this will affect change in management at the landing site. On trying to explain, Onyango was chased by the fishermen who were wielding boat rowers and threatening to kill him.

Deo Mwogererwa, the Namayingo district Assistant fisheries officer had to take him into a safe place nearby as he called police to take the sub county chief away from the angry fishermen.

Ben Okeya, the Namayingo district police commander quickly ordered for the deployment of anti riot police, which escorted Samuel Onyango away from the landing site.

Onyango insists the guidelines for eligibility to stand as chairperson Beach Management Unit read to the fishermen were right. He explains that one has to understand how to read and write reports in English, know the number of boats and fishermen at the landing site.

The election of Beach Management Unit Chairpersons comes after fisheries minister, Ruth Nankabirwa, ordered district fisheries officers to conduct fresh elections for chairpersons, who had over stayed contrary to the guidelines of two terms of four years each.