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Police Fire Teargas to Arrest Fishermen using Illegal Gear

The fishermen put up a spirited resistance during the Wednesday operation. They attempted to fight the enforcement officers with machetes and stones. The fishermen were supported by the angry spouses before they were overpowered.
Some of the fishermen who were arrested for using illegal fishing gear

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Police at Bukakata landing site in Bukakata Sub County, Masaka, had to fire tear gas to arrest five fishermen using illegal fishing gears on the lake.

 

The operation was led by the Fish Law Enforcement officers with the help police. The fishing gear seized believed to be worth millions of shillings was set ablaze.

 

Those arrested include Piva Pascal, 32 a Congolese national, John Ssekamatte, 29, John Muwonge, 31, Muzamir Kasujja, 27 and Fred Ssebumi, all fishermen at Bukakata fishing village.

 

According to Adam Ssemugabi, Southern Region Law Enforcement Officer, the operation to crack  down illegal Fishing along Lake Victoria followed a directive  by State Minister  for Fisheries Ruth Nankabirwa.

 

In her directive, she ordered for a clampdown on use of illegal fishing methods at  fishing sites like Kachanga,  Makonzi, Kisuku and Kamuwunga Fishing  in Bukakata  sub county along  the shores of Lake Victoria.

 

Ssemugabi said the operation would continue to other to other fishing villages in Rakai.

 

The fishermen put up a spirited resistance during the Wednesday operation. They attempted to fight the enforcement officers with machetes and stones. The fishermen were supported by the angry spouses before they were overpowered.

 

The Officer in charge of Nyendo Police Station Christine Namawuba said police was forced to use teargas in self-defence and bring the situation under control.

 

The group is held at Nyendo police station.

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