By Emmanuel Okwii
Fishermen at Agule landing site on the shores of Lake Bisina in Kumi district have lamented the rampant theft of their fishing gears saying that the vice had greatly affected their catch.
While presenting their cries before the beach management unit at Agule on Tuesday, the fishermen said that they suspected that fishermen from the neighboring landing site of Osera were involved in this crime.
“Every time our nets get lost, they are recovered from Osera landing site. We want the police to take note of this and swing into action,” Ebaju Lazarus, a fisherman at Agule landing site said.
However, the beach management unit officer at Agule, Mr Stansilus Otim said that leaders at the neighbouring Osera landing site were to blame since they had never taken action against those that had always been caught in possession of stolen fishing nets.
“Local council leaders at Osera have not always been cooperative. They cover up theft of these gears and hold hideous negotiations detrimental to justice,” Mr Otim said. He also went ahead to encourage victims to consider forwarding their cases to police since local leaders at the landing sites had failed in their jobs.
Mr Otim also said that although fishermen often complain of such theft, it had come to the notice of the beach management unit that such fishing gear had often been discovered illegal.
“We have also discovered that most of these stolen nets although recovered are sometimes unclaimed because they are illegal. The victims know that when they claim for them, they can be arrested,” Otim went on.