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Two Kalungu Fishermen Drown while Fleeing UPDF Fisheries Operation

The deceased have been identified as Ziad Nsereko and William Zziwa. They were trying to escape from UPDF soldiers who raided the landing site in the illegal fishing operation.


Shock has gripped residents of Kamuwunga landing site in Lukaya town council, after two fishermen drowning in Lake Victoria today.

The deceased have been identified as Ziad Nsereko and William Zziwa. They were trying to escape from UPDF soldiers who raided the landing site in an illegal fishing operation.

To evade the soldiers, the scared fishermen dived into the water and two of them drowned in the process.

Other fishermen and police have retrieved and taken the bodies for a postmortem before handing them to their respective family members.

Vincent Ssensalo, one of the fishermen who retrieved the bodies, attributes the incident to the government’s failure to reopen the landing sites in time as it had been promised.   He adds that the fishermen have been financially pressed so hard especially during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Vincent Mayambala, another fisherman, says that the fishermen have nothing else to do to look after their families in the meantime.   He further appealed to the government to open the landing sites to avoid such incidents from occurring.

Vianne Birungi, the Officer in Charge of Lukaya Police station, regretted the incident saying it was unfortunate.   He appealed to the fishermen to be patient until the government resolves the matter to reopen the landing sites.

The government in October 2020 set conditions for the reopening of landing sites countrywide.   According to Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja, the Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, the landing sites were set to reopen after complete registration of all fishermen and the recommended fishing boats and the process is still ongoing. 

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