The grenade burst and shuttered Gavuma’s body to pieces this morning while pushing his boat into River Nile. Fishermen normally connect homemade grenades on their boats and link them to small bulbs to attract more fish.
A homemade explosive has killed a fisherman in
Butagaya Sub County in Jinja district. The deceased is 36-year-old Sadik Gavuma,
a fisherman based at Bubugo landing site.
The explosive burst and shuttered Gavuma’s body
to pieces this morning while pushing his boat into River Nile. Fishermen normally connect the explosive on
their boats to keep away dangerous animals and produce strong light to attract
comprises of old batteries, radio transistors and small bulbs. Abel Wangola, a colleague to the deceased says he
heard a huge blast from the deceased’s boat but was unable to save him. “I
couldn’t do anything to save him as he was already heading to the river,” he said.
that, “It is unfortunate that our colleague has passed away. Fish has become
scarce due to the high number of fishermen. If you don’t employ these small
electric wires and bulbs no fish species can be attracted to your net,” he
Abdullah Suuta, the Butagaya LC 3 chairperson
told URN that their efforts to stop fishermen from using grenades are frustrated
by the availability of cheap materials used by locals to produce them.
that electric wires and bulbs cost only Shillings 1800, which is affordable to fishermen.
Henry Mugarura, the Kiira North Division Police Commander,
says that, community policing drives aimed at sensitizing masses on the legal
implications for those involved in making grenades are underway.
says detectives have been dispatched to communities and whoever fails to comply
shall be arrested. Meanwhile the deceased has been taken to Jinja regional
referral hospital mortuary, awaiting postmortem.