Theft: Fishermen on Lake Albert stealing colleagues fishing gear for survival

Residents at Kibilo landing site along Lake Albert have accused colleagues of increasingly stealing all their fishing gears leaving fishing entrepreneurs in losses.

The incident follows the burning and destroying of all illegal fishing gears in the area by the Fisheries Protection Unit leaving many of the fishermen in the area without gears to engage in the business.

Now, the fishermen, all living in Kyangwali sub County, Kikuube District without fishing gears decided to tap into other people’s potential by stealing their legal fishing gears.

The fishermen say, when they cast their nets, other people get to the lake and will remove their nets from the lake to ensure that they also start a new life.

Richard Onyango, one of the victims says, just after the nets are stolen from the lake, the thieves migrate to another fish landing site to ensure that they start fishing without any hindrance or being looked for.

“We propose an immediate intervention since we cannot work as people steal all our investments. We call for further security if we are to continue benefiting from the fish resource,” Onyango said.

Godfrey Abigaba the area chairperson says more than 7 cases have been registered in his office. He called upon all Beach Management Leaders to ensure that they maintain law and order within their respective areas of Jurisdiction.

The Fisheries Protection Unit, in February this year resumed operations against illegal fishing. The resumption of operations was after President Museveni halted the operations before elections, subject to investigation of then leader of the Fisheries Protection Unit Lt Col James Nuwagaba.

Nuwagaba was replaced by Lt Col Dick Kirya Kaija who immediately started traversing the country fighting the illegal fishing vice.

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