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Kahendero Fishermen Protest Impounding of Fishing Gears

The group is protesting against what they called illegal and unlawful seizing of over 15 boats and stopping them from fishing activities for reasons they claim are not clearly communicated to them.
Fishermen at Kazinga Channel

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Fishermen in Kahendero landing site, Muhokya sub county on Lake George, Kasese district are protesting the decision to ban them from fishing activities.

The directive was issued by Benard Baingana the head of operations on Lake Edward and George.

The fishermen are also demanding for the unconditional release of their fishing gears confiscated earlier this month.  The group is protesting against what they called illegal and unlawful seizing of over 15 boats and stopping them from fishing activities for reasons they were not clearly communicated to them. 

According to Dan Katongole, a boat owner, they were surprised by the impromptu communication from the head of the marine operations force banning them from fishing activities. 

Katongole says people like him are chocking on debts and halting activities puts his loan security at threat of being confiscated and asks government to intervene and order the release of their boats.

“//Cue in: “Oli byanaja nateka… 

Cue out:..omusango bwe guti.”// 

Amother fisherman Elly Asiimwe says the decision could be politically orchestrated,  alleging that some marine officers have been blaming them for voting “wrong” NRM flag bearers.  He says they have engaged various security offices to facilitate the release of their fishing gear in vain.

//Cue in: “Tutukumanya ekitubireho okuerana…

Cue out:..okyokubakora tikiiho.”// 

Peter Bushobozi, the chairperson Kahendoro landing site also says the decision to confiscate the boats is yet to be explained to the leaders.

His suspicion is that the stand-off could be politically driven claiming that security forces on the lake have been directly involved on NRM elections. 

Bushobozi says the families of the affected fishermen are experiencing untold suffering since they can no longer afford proving for their families.

“I don’t know why law we went against for not participating in elections or for voting candidates of our choices, so we don’t know why out boats were confiscated.” Bushobozi said.

//Cue in: “Tikiri mumateka okyokugamba… 

Cue out:..hbwaki amato bagasibire.”//

However, Benard Baingana the head of operations on lakes Edward and George, refuted allegation of involvement of the forces in NRM polls. 

He told URN that they only confiscated boats involved in illegal fishing and nets that were not up to standards. 

He says says a decision has not yet been taken to release the impounded boats and Engines to the owners. 

//Cue in: “Yes people were.. 

Cue out:…and ahalf inchs.”’// 

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