Wednesday July 9 2014

11 tons of immature fish impounded on trucks

By Malik Fahad Jjingo

Police in Masaka in conjunction with fisheries authorities have impounded two trucks loaded with over 11 tons of immature fish worth millions of shillings.
According to the Regional Law Enforcement officer, Mr Kenneth Mbazira, the impounded fish trucks were intercepted at Buliro village, along Diimo -Kyanamukaka road in Masaka district.
The two trucks registration number UAT 640X with 7 tons of Immature Nile perch and another UAK 012Z with 4 tons of Nile perch were heading for Masaka from Dimo and Kasensero landing site respectively.
Mbazira said that the drivers of the impounded trucks managed to escape from the trucks as police and law enforcement officer approached their vehicles and ordered them to stop the vehicles which were carrying immature fish.
He said that the impounded fish was worth over 40 million shillings and it was heading for the Democratic Republic of Congo.
He also revealed that the State Minister for Fisheries Ruth Nankabirwa recently ordered all law enforcement officers in the country to intensify operations to fight selling and trapping of immature fish adding that such operations are going to be extended to other parts of Masaka region. The District Fisheries Officer Tom Bukenya has asked police to hunt for the owners of the impounded fish trucks so that they can be prosecuted for buying and being in possession of immature fish.

This comes barely a fortnight after Police in Kasese also impounded another consignment of immature fish worth more than Shs300 Million destined for DRC. The law enforcement officer said immature fish from depleted lakes of Uganda is smuggled into DR Congo.