Mayuge’s 3 islands waiting to be explored
Posted Sunday, October 6 2013 at 00:00
Every tourist needs to visit Nakalagala, Namugongo and Walumbe Islands. They are such a beauty unseen by many.
A three-hour drive will lead you to a different part of the world, but if you choose to head to Mayuge District, in Eastern Uganda, you will realise how much potential there is for tourism.
There is a peninsula on which Chief Luba’s prison and caves still exist. The breath-taking and relaxing scenery from this peninsula coupled with the cool breeze that sweeps off the crystal blue Lake Victoria will leave you cooling off.
Walumbe fishing village
While moving through Walumbe fishing village, the locals are care-free about the opportunities before them.
They continue wallowing in poverty while feeding off the lake which they adulterate by catching immature fish.
Edward Baliddawa, the MP for Kigulu County, Iganga District, is a passionate advocate of tourism particularly in Busoga. He explains that there are plans to turn the dusty roads into tarmac, and importantly change the face of Mayuge.
The importance of Chief Luba in the history of Uganda is worth the mention. His fame springs from the iron-rule era. At the peninsula is his cave and prison hidden in thickets of grass, evidence that people do not cross these paths.
The local administrators of Mayuge who we travelled with have neither a convincing history of Chief Luba or the caves which were done in a rudimentary form and dug underground.
It is Baliddawa that has the story, “It was Chief Luba’s prison cave which was hosting captured Nubians that had mutinied against the orders of the colonialists to go and fight the Bunyoro Kingdom monarch.”
Potential beach spot
At the dock area, along the shoreline at Walumbe fishing village, is potential for a beach which for now is a play area for children who share space in the shallow water end of the gigantic lake with women, either fetching water or washing clothes.
And while the two groups play their role in polluting the lake, fishermen and fisher-boys emerge from the lake, holding immature fish on strings and on plates to cater for their families’ meals.
This is in full sight of administrators like Sam Kabakubya, the Assistant Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of Mayuge and its chairman Local Council three Chairman(LC3), William Akube, a fisherman himself.
A few hours later, while sailing on the lake, Kabakubya registers his appeal to the fishing community of this landing site, to desist from poor fishing methods that involve use of chemicals to destroy creatures in the lake.
Akube, a fisherman, says that they do not want to close these fishing sites like was the case two years back. “Two years ago government stopped us from fishing and many people suffering during those two months.
Besides the tendency to fish beyond the lake’s ability, or catching of immature fish, this lake feeds people.
There is no single iron sheet-roofed house here. The huts vary only in size. There are no proper homesteads as there are no fences to define a home. It is a community that shares space.