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35 Boat Engines Seized from Fishermen in Buliisa

Buliisa District Police Commander Bosco Arop says that the operation codenamed “No Life Jacket, No Fishing” is aimed at controlling accidents and averting the loss of human life on the lake. The operation has covered the landing sites of Wanseko, Butiaba, Bugoigo, Kabolwa, Somsio, Kalolo and Walukuba among others.
Some of the Impounded Engines and Boats at Wanseko Landing site in Buliisa distrcit

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Police in Buliisa has impounded 35 boat engines, 20 fishing boats and nets belonging to fishermen operating without life Jackets. The gear was impounded during an ongoing operation across Lake Albert.

Buliisa District Police Commander Bosco Arop says that the operation codenamed “No Life Jacket, No Fishing” is aimed at controlling accidents and averting the loss of human life on the lake. The operation has covered the landing sites of Wanseko, Butiaba, Bugoigo, Kabolwa, Somsio, Kalolo and Walukuba among others.  

He says that four fishermen lost their lives after their boats capsized following strong winds. They all had no life jackets.     

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Arop calls on the boat owners to comply with the guidelines since life jackets were cheaper than the boat engines that the police were impounding. According to Arop, every boat must have two life jackets for the two operators.

Joachim Wanzala, a fisherman at Butiaba landing site has welcomed the new move to impound the fishing gear saying having fishermen equipped with life jackets will help protect lives of fishermen in case of any accidents on the lake.

Jimmy Wabyona, a fisherman at Somsio Landing Site, however, faults the police for not sensitizing the fishermen ahead of the operation.

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