Masaka Businessman in Trouble for Trading in Banned Fishing Gears

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Tom Bukenya, the Masaka District Fisheries officer says they found several banned fishing gear at Kimera's home in Kunya village in Bukakata Sub County leading to his arrest. According to Bukenya, Kimera is expected to appear in court immediately.

Richard Kimera, a local businessman in Masakawho was implicated for buying 12 heifers donated to youth leaders in the district is in trouble. Kimera has been picked up by fisheries law enforcement officers and UPDF soldiers for allegedly trading in the banned fishing gear. His arrest comes a few days after UPDF launched an operation against those involved in trading in he illegal fishing gear.
 As a part of the operation,UPDF announced plans to carryout impromptu searches on shops selling the banned fishing gears. Trouble for Kimera started after some fishermen were picked in Bukakata with mono filament fishing and beach seines. During interrogations, the fishermen pointed to Kimera as their supplier.. As result, the security operatives tracked Kimera and found him in possession of several the banned fishing gears. 

Tom Bukenya, the Masaka District Fisheries officer says they found several banned fishing gear at Kimera's home in Kunya village in Bukakata Sub County leading to his arrest. According to Bukenya, Kimera is expected to appear in court immediately.  Jafaali Kasirivu, the commanding officer of UPDF in charge of the fishing operations says the fishing gear recovered from  Kimera's home is deadly because it leads to indiscriminate fishing. 
He warns whoever is still holding on to the illegal fishing gear, that they face it rough. Kasirivu says Kimera is also underinvestigations for allegedly supplying gill nets. 
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Kimera has admitted being found in possession of the banned the fishing nets saying he also bought them. Hassan Waiswa, the South Lake Victoria Fisheries inspector wants a special court created to deal with illegal fishermen. He claims that the normal  courts have not helped to hand exemplary sentences to the perpetrators of illegal fishing because of giving them weak sentences. 
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Since the operation against illegal fishing practices intensified this year, over 100 fishermen have been arrested and charged in court.  Prominent among them is renowned motor rally driver Ponsiano Lwakataka whose track was impounded with immature fish worth 100 million shillings.

Uganda's annual fish export earnings have drastically dropped from 140 million Dollars in 2004 to 87 million Dollars in 2013. Use of banned fishing gears is blamed for the low fish catch from Lake Victoria.  

 

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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

Truant children will attract Bindhe's attention until he gets to the bottom of their truancy: poverty and the need to work to earn bread for their families. These are the kinds of stories Bindhe is often after.

Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.