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Search for Kyotera Fisherman’s Body Intensifies

The group had gone fishing in the deeper waters of the lake when pirates stormed the area from neighbouring Tanzania and hacked them. They looted their properties including a boat engine, three floating jackets, a jerry can of petrol, and fish before they sailed off on a speed boat.
Fishermen hangout on a boat at kasensero landing site.
A joint team of marine police and fishermen is still struggling to find the body of a fisherman who was attacked and killed by a group of pirates on Lake Victoria. 

Joseph Lwere, a resident of Kyabasimba Landing Site in Kyebe sub-county was hacked and his body dumped in the lake five days ago. According to eyewitnesses, he was attacked along with two others; Sebastian Ssengabi, 39, and Abel Mawanda, 29, who sustained injuries. 

The group had gone fishing in the deeper waters of the lake when pirates stormed the area from neighbouring Tanzania and hacked them. They looted their properties including a boat engine, three floating jackets, a jerry can of petrol, and fish before they sailed off on a speed boat.   

The survivors were rescued by other fishermen and taken to Kasensero Health Center IV.   Ongoing investigations are yet to establish whether it was an ordinary robbery on the lake or business rivalry. Still, no suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident.  

The fishermen say that prowling piracy has become a menace on the lake hindering the fishing activity.  They attribute it to lack of protection by the marine force and limited patrols on L. Victoria.   It is said that the pirates often storm from Tanzania, armed with machetes, axes, arrows and sometimes guns to kill and loot fish, engines and other belongings from the fishermen and travellers.   

Kyebe sub-county councillor Charles Njuba appealed to the district security committee to intervene and check the prowling piracy to ensure the safety of the fishermen.  

In June 2016, a group of 12 pirates on three boats attacked and hacked six fishermen. Four were hacked to death while two survived with severe injuries.  The deceased was identified as Isaac Mbabazi, Gerald Muyunga, Godfrey Ssemwanga and Steven Kikambi, all residents of Kasensero Town Board. The Survivors-Denis Ssenkima (26) and Vincent Kaggwa (37) were rescued by fellow fishermen.

The pirates made off with the fish, fuel and engine. Ssenkima and Kaggwa clung on their boat until they were rescued by other fishermen on their way to Kasensero. 

The area District Police Commander Judith Akello says that the attack on the fishermen is a wakeup call for the marine police to increase patrols on the lake and to the fishermen to be more vigilant.  She says that they are collaborating with their Tanzanian counterparts to ensure they combat piracy.