Addressing staff at the National Fisheries Resources Research Institute-NAFIRRI in Jinja city on Wednesday, Adoa claimed that most illegal fishermen are wealthy individuals who use their influence to engage in illegal fishing practices without any restraint.
The soldiers reportedly pulled down four days and confiscated two boats. Patrick Kawuka, the LC I Chairperson of Bugulu Village and one of the boat owners explains that the soldiers claimed that his boat was once involved in the transportation of immature fish.
Pascal Opio, a fisherman attached to Mbegu Landing site in Tonya parish in Buseruka Sub County in Hoima district, says they have lost several fishermen believed to have been thrown by fellow fishermen in the Lake since the BMUs were disbanded.
At least 900 of the 2300 residents on Bufumira have migrated to the nearby sub counties of Bubeke in Kalangala District and Kituntu in Mpigi district. Sylvester Ssemugenyi, the LC I secretary Bufumira island, says currently no boat are allowed to fish.
Carol Nanyondo, the Kyamuswa County Member of Parliament has asked the soldiers to stop the extra judicial killings. He asks the soldiers to arrest the errant fishermen and take them to court for prosecution.