Investigations into Rwenshama landing site and Rwenshama Fishing Company limited begins.
The Office of the Prime Minister through the Ministry of Local government has begun investigations into the standoff between a section of fishermen at Rwenshama landing site and Rwenshama Fishing Company limited.
Yesterday, a team led by Andrew Otim Kibota, the commissioner in the ministry of local government started on the investigations. The investigations follow a petition by 36 fishermen to the office of the prime minister on 23rd March 2019, calling for immediate attention after their fishing licenses were revoked.
According to Jackson Kiiza Mugarura one of the affected fishermen, new fishermen are forced to sign agreements to act as managers of fishing vessels but denied a copy of the agreement. In the agreement, they are supposed to pay a monthly fee of 100,000sh in order to access the waters.
Dan Mugyenyi the Rukungiri district fisheries officer, asked the fishermen not to sign such documents where they are not given copies.
Hamzan Mutima, the chairperson Rwenshama fishing company limited denied the accusations, noting that all the necessary documentations shall be presented to the investigating team.
Andrew Otim Kibota after meeting both side noted that the team will look at all reports and give an objective opinion with an expectation of a harmonious life for the dependants on the lake