The new Bunda District Commissioner in Mara Region has challenged village chairpersons, and village and ward executive officers to identify people with disabilities living in their areas in order to properly provide them with protection.
The DC, Joshua Mirumbe, issued the instructions at different times when he addressed public rallies in the Igundu, Napindi, Kisorya, Nansimo, Kitengule and Kibara wards as he was in a tour of familiarization.
Mirumbe instructed the leaders to identify all people with disabilities so that it would be possible to reach them whenever there was an initiative to help them, including their protection.
“It's imperative we identify all people with disabilities, especially those with albinism. We must come up with strategies of offering them the protection they need," he said.
In another development, the DC instructed the leaders to deal with illegal fishermen who use banned fishing gear and poisonous substances, and ensure that they take legal action against them including taking them to court.
The new Bunda District Commissioner issued the instruction following news that illegal fishing activities were still on, and that even some leaders and officials have been cooperating with the criminals.
Residents of Kisorya ward, which is on the border of Bunda and Ukerewe districts in Mwanza Region told the DC taht some leaders have turned illegal fishing activities into personal ways of earning an income, whereby they are paid money at the end of every week.
They said the exercise would succeed if and only if the DC's office intervenes in curbing the illegal activity.