UFTA members donate food to Covid19 fund
By Our Reporter
Members of the Uganda fishmaw traders Association (UFTA) have responded to the presidential appeal urging the public to come out and donate towards the fight against the now entrenched corona virus pandemic.
The UNNA special envoy Kizza Seninde attending their recent donation ceremony at OPM recently.
While handing over their two tonnes consignment of maize flour to the political overseer of the national response fund to Covid19, Mary Karooro Okurut recently in Kampala, the Association secretary Charles Tebandeke with his delegation told Okurut who doubles as minister general duties office of the prime minister that much as they managed to mobilise themselves to raise the food consignment, they are worst hit by the government ban imposed on their members who largely trade in lake waters by way of fishing for livelihood survival.
Minister Adoa poses for picture moment with another group of fisheries sector in Kampala.
The minister thanked the delegation from UFTA for the donation saying government appreciates the roles being undertaken by the fishing communities across the country and looks forward to addressing the challenges they have encountered during these trying moments were transport on lake water bodies is a clear nightmare.
The senior presidential special envoy for the Uganda North America Association [UNA] Omulongo Kizza Seninde said they would continue with their efforts of mobilizing resources and fish markets for the UFTA members in the diaspora so that they can benefit from their trade.
Seninde who is the coordinator of donors in that region of the world said they are looking at the scheduled September 2020 conference in the USA were they can target at engaging investors to come to Uganda and partner with the UFTA members in making the fisheries sector better and lucrative for the members.
WOMEN POWER;Minister of state for education primary education Hon.Rosemary Seninde and Hon.Rukia Isanga Nakadama the Pakistani consul to Uganda,
Tebandeke pointed out that most of their over 50 member companies are currently out of jobs after the UPDF soldiers destroyed most of their fishing gears and islands in its bid to stop illegal fishing practices among all national water bodies.
He observed that his Association had earlier on donated food and other human interest goods and logistics to many families staying among several lake water bodies before and currently during this Covid19 lockdown.
“ Everyone knows how the government through the UPDF soldiers used to chase and harass our people during the crackdown on illegal fishing campaign but never gave them alternative means of surviving until the Association took steps to feed them among islands and now feeding the whole country by bringing this food item to the government “ observed Tebandeke.
He urged government to address the existing challenges being faced by the fishing communities across the country given the lockdown on all transportation avenues.
Other members in the delegation included Mcklyn Teyakuhairwe and Matovu Richard among others who collectively urged government to come up with tangible and sustainable development programmes that would effectively alleviate the suffering among the fishing communities like fixing education, medical services, conducive business environment were all people can earn good income for better sustainable household development.