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Kigungu Fishermen Want FPU to Release Their Boats

The boats were confiscated last week following the death of a UPDF Fisheries Protection Unit officer Samuel Okodoi who was enforcing guidelines against illegal fishing on Lake Victoria.
Some of the fishermen who are demanding the UPDF to release their boats at Ndese Landing Site

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Residents of Ndese Landing site in Kigungu Parish, Entebbe Municipality want the Uganda Fisheries Protection Unit- FPU to release their boats.

The boats were confiscated last week following the death of a UPDF Fisheries Protection Unit officer Samuel Okodoi who was enforcing guidelines against illegal fishing on Lake Victoria.

Major Yero Muhoozi, the Fisheries FPU Political Commissar, says that Okodoi and his colleagues were carrying out routine patrol on June 14, 2021, and arrested illegal fishermen. However Okodoi's body was found floating along the lake shores two days after. 

Fred Mubiru, a fisherman says that the UPDF should release their boats because they helped arrest the suspects in connection to Okodoi's death.  The suspects are Augustine Byakutaga and Charles Rulinda.

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According to Mubiru, who is also the chairperson of fishermen at Ndese Landing site, the army confiscated 150 boats and their engines. 

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Jane Wambera, a resident says that the confiscation of their boats has left the fishermen with no income. She says that they earn between 50,000 Shillings to 200,000 Shillings per day from selling fish and also transporting cargo from Entebbe to Bussi Island and Buwaya.

Simon Samanya, another fisherman says that since they have not received the COVID-19 relief cash from the government, the army should release their boats and fend for their families.

Lt. Col Bick Kaija, the Head of FPU says that the boats will be released to the owners after meeting the local leaders and fishermen over the issue and agree on certain guidelines.

He also said that the Ndungu is an illegal landing site.