person has been killed and two others injured in an operation by the Uganda
People’s Defense Forces-UPDF Fisheries Protection Unit at Kishenyi landing site
on Lake Edward. The deceased has been
identified as 58-year-old Joram Bombo, a
resident of Rumuri in Kichwamba Sub County in Rubirizi district.
are Francis Kabundire, 62, a resident of Kajera Cell, Kazinga Parish in Katunguru
Sub County and Corporal Rajab Kyalingonza, a soldier attached to the Fisheries
Protection Unit. Bombo died on his way to Komboni Hospital in
Kyamuhunga after being shot on Sunday.
John Patrick Mayanja, the Chairperson of
fishermen at Kishenyi Landing Site, says the soldiers arrived when the fishermen
were checking on their nets and shot at them. He says Bombo could
have been shot as he approached the breeding
zone that was increased from 200 meters to 1000 meters by the soldiers.
//Cue in: “kuruga enyuma tukatutega…
out: ….meters 1000 ezo.”//
Mayanja says that they asked soldiers to install
marks showing the breeding zone to avoid the unnecessary killings in vain.
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out: …baba nka abakiremesa.”//
Robert Baliya, a fisherman at Kisenyi landing
site says it was in the wee hours of Sunday morning when they heard gun shots
on the lake and fishermen shouting asking for help. Capt.
Favorite Rugumayo, the Spokesperson of the UPDF Marine Brigade, which is in
charge of the Fisheries Protection Unit, says the soldiers shot at the
fishermen in self-defense.
He says the soldiers shot in the air four bullets
but the fishermen went on to attack them. Captain Rugumayo says Bombo was shot
in the leg died while being evacuated to hospital.
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out: …be brought to book.”//
Captain Rugumayo says the fishermen were in the
breeding zone, which is out of bounds and were using under size nets.
in: “And this person…
out: …swag into action.”//
Captain Rugumayo says investigations are ongoing
to establish what really happened and if the soldiers are found in the wrong
they will be brought to book. He says six people were arrested during the
operation are locked up at Katwe Kabatoro police station in Kasese district.
Mayanja refutes claims that the deceased
fisherman attacked soldiers, which prompted his shooting.
//Cue in: “kwonka wahika aha…
Cue out: …gabeire nigaraba gakashorera.”//
The incident comes less than a month since Maj. Gen. Leopold
Kyanda, the Chief of Staff of the
Land Forces in the UPDF met Fishermen and residents at
landing sites to investigate allegations of torture and illegal arrests leveled
against the Fisheries Protection unit.