This morning, residents led by Buvuma District Speaker, Buvuma town council LC III chairperson and councilors resolved to block the army from closing the landing site, which is home to more than 3000 people.
Maj. Joseph Ssebukera, the Commandant of the UPDF Fisheries Protection Unit on Eastern Lake Victoria, says the impounded nets carry electric current, which peels off fish skin causing it to die and float on the lake.
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.
James Makomeli mugoya the chairperson of Kasansa rice growers’ association says growing rice was the only option. He reveals that started growing rice three years back before he was joined by his other colleagues who also used to earn a living from fishing.