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Two Namayingo Fishermen Drown in Lake Victoria

“A big boat together with the engine costs about Shillings 3.5 million and most of the fishermen who cannot afford such continue to use small boats well aware that, their lives are at risk more so during this rainy season,” he said.
Two fishermen from Mpanga landing site in Buhemba Sub County in Namayingo district have drowned in Lake Victoria. The two have been identified as David Mwayi and Twaha Mpango. The two are said to have drowned on Monday night when heavy rains washed away the small boat they were sailing onboard. 

Diana Nandawula, the Busoga East Police Spokesperson, says that a team of officers from the Police Marine Unit is working together with volunteer fishermen to find the deceased’s bodies. James Nsadha, a fisherman blames the incident on the failure by fishermen to use safety gears while on the lake.

“A big boat together with the engine costs about Shillings 3.5 million and most of the fishermen who cannot afford such continue to use small boats well aware that, their lives are at risk more so during this rainy season,” he said.

He asks the responsible government agencies to provide low-interest loans to bailout struggling fishermen as a measure of curbing water-related accidents.

Namayingo Deputy Resident District Commissioner, Jonah Mbigiti says that they are carrying out sensitization drives aimed at enlightening fishermen on the relevance of adhering to the safety measures while operating on water.

“Our teams are on the ground with an aim of encouraging fishermen to purchase acceptable fishing gear like lifejackets, sizable boats, engines and quality nets, as such items ensure their constant safety while on water,” he says.

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