President Museveni has advised Buliisa District residents to eat crocodiles that have been tormenting them. He was responding to a petition by the Buliisa County MP, Mr Stephen Mukitale Biraahwa, who requested government’s intervention in stopping the crocodiles that are attacking the fishing communities on Lake Albert. “Your Excellency, we have a big problem that has been caused by hippos and crocodiles. They have killed several people on Lake Albert. It is unfortunate that our people have not been helped even when they raise this matter with the district and game park officials,” Mr Mukitale said during a rally at Butiaba Primary School in Butiaba Sub-county.
President Museveni replied: “If these crocodiles are killing your people, you can also learn to eat them.” Mr Museveni said his office can facilitate Buliisa residents to study from communities that have prospered from crocodiles. “You can go for a study tour in Buwama, Mpigi District, where there is a farm operated by Zimbabweans. They get hides besides eating crocodile meat,” he said amidst a huge applause from the crowd that turned up for the rally.
President Museveni encouraged Mr Mukitale to follow up the study tour. The district Woman MP, Ms Beatrice Mpairwe, urged the President to help residents start new business ventures. Ms Mpairwe said the residents who mainly depend on fishing for a living, are facing challenges after fish stock in the lake dwindled.
The President said the government will work closely with the local leadership and residents to restock the lake that has been depleted by over fishing. “This is a big resource which we cannot abandon. We have to work together to revive it through a restocking programme, ” Mr Museveni said. The President’s visit follows a petition by Mr Mukitale over the escalating land wrangles in the district.
There is a raging dispute between the indigenous Bagungu and the emigrant pastoralists over the ownership of 700 hectares of land covering the villages of Waiga, Bugana, Kataleba and Kichoke. While the Bagungu claim this is their ancestral land which they own communally, the pastoralists claim to have bought it from landlords. “I am going to solve this in two weeks,” the President said.