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Thieves Threaten Fishing Activities In Buvuma Islands

The fishermen reported losing two engines and several fishing nets in the past month. Several fishing nets have been removed after they have been set to trap fish.
Captain Steven Alituha getting off the boat at Ziilu landing site at Buvuma District.

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Fishermen operating on Lake Victoria in Buvuma District are worried about the wave of thieves attacking and robbing their gears.

The fishermen reported the theft of two engines and several fishing nets in the past month. Several fishing nets have been removed after they have been set to trap fish.

Dan Misagga, one of the fishermen says he is suffering after his engine worth Shillings7.5 million was stolen last month. He reveals that they were attacked on water during the night after they had set their fishing nets by three men.

Misagga further explains that the angry men were carrying machetes and one metallic before before they threatened to slaughter him.

He narrates that to spare their lives, they took all their telephones to ensure that there is no communication made to disrupt their escape plan after ordering them to undress almost naked.     

He now notes that finding hard time paying school fees for his children.

//Cue in: “Omuntu okujja akubbe…  Cue out: …notuuka nga tokyasobola”//

John Kimbujje says four of his fishing nets were stolen from water during the night hours. He is used to hire a boat and engine to go fishing but now stays at home. 

The Deputy Residential District Commissioner Juma Kigongo says they have learnt about such cases happening on water but suspect theft missions to be carried out by residents of Buvuma.

//Cue in: “Era mulimu obutimba…

Cue out: … wenyigira mu bubbi”// 

Captain Steven Alituha, the Buvuma Fisheries Protection Unit-FPU officer says they still carry out operations on Lake Victoria.

//Cue in: “Abavubi benyini be…

Cue out: … era tujja kubakwata”//

Robert Migadde, the Buvuma Member of Constituency suspects youths forced out of illegal fishing activities to be involved in criminal activities on water. 

//Cue in: “Abantu okubajja mu…

Cue out: …azeeyo mu bubbi”//   

       

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