18 Boat Engines Stolen from Kalangala Fishermen

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Buyange Landing Site Chairperson Stephen Kyeyune says five of his engines were stolen from his workers as they approached Ziiru Island. He says that pirates hold fishermen at gunpoint and order them to surrender all their possessions. Other engines were stolen from fishermen in Nkese, Buyange, and Namisoke landing sites.

Residents of Nkese, Nakibanga and Buyange landing sites in Kalangala district are calling for increased security to avert the increasing theft of boat engines.  The call was made after a raid on the islands, in which 18 boat engines were stolen from fishermen in the areas.

Buyange Landing Site Chairperson Stephen Kyeyune says five of his engines were stolen from his workers as they approached Ziiru Island. He says that pirates hold fishermen at gunpoint and order them to surrender all their possessions. Other engines were stolen from fishermen in Nkese, Buyange, and Namisoke landing sites.

Other stolen merchandise includes harvested fish and fuel. The incidences happen towards the border of Kalangala and Buvuma district and after Nkese Island, in the specified navigation route to Tanzania.

Last year, similar incidences happened towards Ziiru and Lyabaana Islands when fishermen from Kalangala and those in Buvuma conflicted on who was supposed to use Lake Victoria in the respective areas for fishing.

This prompted Kalangala District Chairperson Willy Lugoloobi and his counterpart Alex Mabirizi to engage fishermen to end the disagreements. By the time of engagement, six fishermen had lost lives in Kalangala while more than 17 boat engines had been confiscated. Each engine costs 9 million Shillings.

Kalangala District Police Commander Richard Musisi says that the institution is investigating the incidences. "I have ordered all officers and the marine police to make patrols on water and secure the fishermen," He said.

The District has two marine posts located in Lutoboka, Kalangala town council and Nkese, in Mazinga Sub County. It takes such boats more than two hours to reach Bubeke Sub County where the theft is currently occurring.