Part of Lake Victoria has been secretly sold to an investor for fish breeding, a development that has angered fishers and most Ugandans in general. The investor has ring fenced over twenty islands on Lake Victoria.
He is guarded by armed Uganda soldiers. The investor tells whoever approaches him that he has documents to prove that he bought the Lake from the government without the will of the people.
The islands which were sold to an investor include Damba, Taave, Kimmi, Mbivu, Bulago, Bubembe and Sowe. The investor has already ring fenced the area and commanded the residents to vacate the islands. The investor moves with a fleet of soldiers whoever he goes and several people have been arrested for opposing the sale. The MP for Buyikwe South, Lulume Bayiga says that the investor reportedly confiscates property and beats up the residents who have refused to vacate the area.
The MPs now demand for answers from president Museveni following complaints by residents on the shores ofLake Victoria that they are being harassed by the investor and the police.
The members of opposition in Uganda led by Col. Kiiza Besigye have all along been telling people that Lake Victoria was sold without the consent of the citizens of Uganda.
By James Okello