Poisoned quietly on Lake Victoria

Life on Islands in Uganda, or even by the lake in general, is no mean feat. There are either no healthcare services, transport means, schools or markets. For Bugala Island, the place was once deserted, only inhabited by monkeys.

Today, the island is connected with electricity; it has access roads and boats that provide transport to residents. Palm oil growing, fishing and animal rearing, are notable economic activities.

However, as GERALD TENYWA investigates, huge quantities of pesticides used to protect oil palm and animals from pests and diseases are being disposed of poorly, exposing residents to health hazards.

The article was published in New Vision with funding from ACME’s Enhanced Media Reporting for Transparency and Accountability (EMERTA) programme.

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