Fisherman Drowns While Trying to Evade Arrest

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Livingstone Kalule, the officer in charge of Ttumba out post, says the law enforcement officers found Komakech using undersized fishing nets on Lake Kyoga.

A fisherman has drowned in Lake Kyoga in Nakasongola district while trying to evade arrest for illegal fishing. Emmanuel Komakech, a fisherman from Kamuli landing site drowned on Monday evening, while attempting to dodge a team of Law Enforcement Officers from the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries. Livingstone Kalule, the officer in charge of Ttumba out post, says the law enforcement officers found Komakech using undersized fishing nets on the lake.
 
He says that when the deceased saw the law enforcement officers he started steering his canoe to evade arrest. Kalule says that after realizing the boat was not moving as fast as he wanted, the suspect decided to jump into the water and drowned. He says police retrieved the body of Komakech from the lake on Tuesday afternoon. Kalule says that investigations into the incident have hit a snag because the identities who were chasing the fisherman have not been identified as they were from another district.
 
James Wandira, the Nakasongola LC 5 chairman, blames the death of the fisherman on the enforcement officers, who he accused of being harsh. He says the fishermen are operating under fear, that whenever they suspect arrest they think about the torture they undergo, at the hands of the law enforcement officers. Wandira has asked the ministry to investigate the incident and order the officers to revise their ways of arrest.
 
 

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.