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According to Muhindo, about 10,000 tilapia fish perished in his two fish ponds in Kibenge village Nyakabingo III ward in Bulembia Division in Kasese Municipality resulting from the poisoning by unknown people.
Some of the dead fish in one of the trenches around the pound

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Zimonia Muhindo Muke, a fish farmer in Kasese Municipality is counting losses following the suspected poisoning of his fish ponds.

According to Muhindo, about 10,000 tilapia fish perished in his two fish ponds in Kibenge village Nyakabingo III ward in Bulembia Division in Kasese Municipality resulting from the poisoning by unknown people. 

Muhindo told URN that he found thousands of lifeless fish floating on water when he went for routine inspection on Wednesday morning.       

The fish farmer says that he has already contacted the District Fisheries Officer to investigate the attack, which has cost him over Shillings 300m.            

//Cue in: “Natunga loss ku… 

    

Cue out: …tunayenda mbele.”//      

Muhindo explained to URN that he started his fish project in November last year with only 5000 fish and had advanced his population to over 10,000. 

According to him, the fish farmers in the district are insecure because several fish ponds have been poisoned. 

Julus Baluku, the Kasese District Principal Fisheries Officer, says they have commenced investigations to establish what could have happened. 

A sizeable tilapia in Kasese costs goes for at least Shillings 5000. 

Several people have resorted to fish farming in Kasese because of the enforcement on illegal fishing operations by the UPDF Fisheries Protection Unit.