Fishermen operating on Lake Victoria in Buvuma
District are worried about the wave of thieves attacking and robbing
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
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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.
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Captain Steven Alituha, the Buvuma Fisheries Protection
Unit-FPU officer says they still carry out operations on Lake Victoria.
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Robert Migadde, the Buvuma Member of Constituency
suspects youths forced out of illegal fishing activities to be involved in
criminal activities on water.