PRESIDENT MUSEVENI INTERVENES INTO CONTROVERSIAL LEASING OF CRATER LAKES
By Sylvia Kugonza
The president of the republic of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has finally intervened into the controversial leasing of 20 crater lakes in different sub counties to FERDSULT engineering company by Kabarole district.
On Friday last week a delegation of 12 people including the fishing community surrounding crater lakes,FERDSULT engineering company ,RDC and the chairperson Kabarole Richard Rwabuhinga were summoned to state house by the president to put a way forwarded on misunderstandings between fishermen and FERDSULT company.
According to the reliable sources, the president after listening to both sides promised to come himself to Kabarole and meat the fishermen.
Meanwhile some of the fishermen who went to state house are disappointed with the chairperson LC5 for selecting fake leaders to represent them whom they claim had no knowledge about the creator lake matters.
The fishermen disclosed that they were first denied to enter the state house only to be told that they were not on the invitation list by the state security.
During consultative tour by the president on the amendment of article 26 of the land act president Museven while in Fort portal asked the chairperson LC5 Richard Rwabuhinga to lead a delegation to state house so that he can look into the matter.
In 2015 Kabarole district local government and Ferdsult Engineering Company entered into an agreement. Ferdsult was to restock fish in 20 crater lakes in the district.
However, Twerwaheno Listeners Club, a human rights organization based in Fort Portal and six residents surrounding crater lakes in the district sued Kabarole district, the Attorney General and Ferdsult over the deal.
In June, Fort Portal Resident Judge Anthony Ojok Ayuko, cancelled the MOU on grounds that the consultations with the fishermen were not exhaustive. Ferdsult has since appealed against the ruling.
Last week while appearing on Voice of Tooro radio station, President Museveni urged both parties to amicably settle the matter out of court
www.mknewslink.com reporter’s efforts to talk to Kabarole district chairperson yielded no fruits.
Source:www.mknewslink.com a greater western Uganda news website.