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Museveni Warns on 'Destroying Lake Victoria'

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price http://chipinhead.com/wp-includes/class-wp-customize-section.php "sans-serif";”>“This is free wealth but you have misused this free wealth. I really feel very sorry and annoyed. Our fishermen catch immature fish. How will the fish survive and multiply? he asked.

The President, who was on a mobilization tour of Namayingo district in Busoga Sub-Region to sensitize wanainchi on household poverty eradication, made the remarks Sunday while addressing the residents of Bukooli Island at Bugoma Primary school.

Mr. Museveni, who described the Lake Victoria as a free gift from God, observed that when NRM came to power in 1986 there was no fish factory in Uganda.

He added that the government built one at Masese in Jinja district that attracted 20 more players in the sector generating US$200 million annually.

He noted that wanainchi depleted the lake of fish using illegal fishing methods resulting in many factories folding up their activities. He said that of that negative activity, the country’s earnings from fish sales dropped to only US$80 million annually. He appealed to elders on the Island to be at the forefront in stopping the illegal activities of catching immature fish.

The President, however, expressed his gratitude to see that the people of Sigulu Island, who are predominantly fishermen, have started engaging in agriculture.

He warned them against cultivating on the edge of Lake Victoria adding that this would cause silting and eventually lead to the drying up of the Lake and the killing of the fishing activity that is now one of their pre-occupations.

While on the Island, the President visited one of the 2 upcoming commercial farmers, Mr. Abdulkarim Ojiambo, who has 187 homesteads. He praised Mr. Ojiambo for showing islanders the road to prosperity.

Mr. Museveni further cautioned the people of Sigulu Sub-County, especially the youth, to guard against the HIV/AIDS pandemic saying “keep AIDS away from the youth.”

Responding to some of the concerns of residents, President Museveni said government prefers concentrating on providing health centre 3s with the necessary interventions saying they that will have 19 health workers.

Regarding education, the President promised to prioritize the provision of teachers’ houses since the Island is classified as one the hard to reach areas. He also pledged to look into providing the Island with a girls’ boarding secondary school.

The Minister of State for Fisheries, Ms Ruth Nankabirwa, pledged to take a group of youth to Masese in Jinja to receive training in cage fish farming.

The area MP, Hon. Peter Okeyoh, on behalf of the Islanders, were grateful for the ferry that is to be provided to the area saying the service that will go a long way in easing transport challenges of the area.

The NRM Chief Whip, Hon. Kalule Justine Lumumba and Namayingo district leaders accompanied the President.

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