UPDF marines gun down fisherman

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UPDF Marines on Lake Victoria

Soldiers attached to Fisheries Protection Unit on Lake Edward Sunday shot and killed a fisherman at Kisenyi landing site, leaving the other with a broken arm.

The deceased was identified Joram Bombo, 58, who died on the way to Komboni Hospital Kyamuhunga, about 78km from Kisenyi landing site.

Francis Kabundire, 62, survived with a broken arm.

Five of their colleagues were also arrested after they were allegedly found fishing at Lake Edward using illegal nets.

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According to Daily Monitor, fishermen at the landing site in Katunguru Sub County, Bunyaruguru County in Rubirizi District are now enveloped in fear.

Marine Brigade Spokesperson, Capt. Favourite Rugumayo, said the soldiers shot at the fishermen in self-defence.

He said the soldiers first fired four warning shots in the air to scare away the fishermen who were reportedly armed with rocks, machetes and other weapons they usually carry in their boats.

He said the fishermen attacked one of the soldiers who is also currently admitted to a health facility in Rwenshama.

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