Fishermen at Kasensero landing site in Kyotera district are
demanding for increased security presence in the area to address the persistent
Despite the on-going army-led operations against illegal fishing
malpractices, fishermen are concerned of the increasing incidents of robbery
and murders at the landing site.
Fred Kwizera, the Chairperson of Kasensero landing site says that many
fishermen have helplessly continued to be attacked by their Tanzanian counterparts,
who accuse them of casting their nets beyond the Ugandan border on Lake Victoria.
Kwizera asks government to put in place identical boundaries on
the waters between Uganda and Tanzania to stop the recurrent fighting between
fishermen from either side.
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Moses Sserunjogi, the Kasensero town council chairperson and practising
fisherman has partly blamed the high crime incidents in the area to high numbers
of lawless youth who were rendered redundant by the army operations against illegal
He says that the unemployed youth are taking advantage of the current hostile
relationship between Tanzania and Uganda fishermen, to terrorize people both on
shores and on-water in their pursuit to earn a living.
Sserunjogi explains that the area is currently manned with very
few security officers which makes it easy for the groups to freely commit
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Sserunjogi indicates that in the last one month, they have recovered five
bodies of people who were hacked and dumped in the lake.
Joseph Kaliisa, another fisherman at Kasensero prefers that
security is heightened at the landing site to ensure safety of both lives and
property in the area.
Stephen Maikula, the Officer in charge of Kasensero Police Station says
their teams are trying their best to guard the community, but they are partly
frustrated by some locals who collaborate with the wrong characters and decline
to report them to police.
But Major David Matovu, the Kyotera Resident District Commissioner
has indicated that the district Security Committee is working out modalities of
establishing a strong network with fishermen which will support in eliminating