Maritime crimes can be eliminated â€“ Police
Police in Bugesera called on fishermen and those involved in water-related business to jointly partner with security organs against maritime crimes.
Assistant Inspector of Police (AIP) Cyprien Uwitonze, the district community liaison officer for Bugesera made the call during a meeting with about 60 fishermen operating in Lake Mirayi, Bugesera on August 13.
According to Police, the meeting aimed at mobilizing the fishermen into making joint efforts to fight and prevent all sorts of crimes committed on water bodies.
Most maritime crimes include smuggling of goods, unauthorized fishing and drug trafficking among others.
AIP Uwitonze advised those wishing to engage in fishing to first seek authorization while transporters should always ensure they donâ€™t over load their boats.
â€œMost boats capsize due to over loading. This malpractice needs to stop,â€ he said calling for more commitment among fishers to ensure that safety standards.
He also asked those involved in water transport to always wear life jackets and provide them to their passengers and also asked them to pass on timely information to security organs regarding those suspected to be involved in transportation of narcotic drugs to ensure that they are arrested.
Emmanuel Sehire the head of COPEBIGA, a fishing cooperative operating in Bugesera district appealed to members not to engage illegal business, instead report such cases.
â€œWe spend most of our time in waters trying to earn a living. We therefore have to take a primary responsibility to ensure water security,â€ Sehire said.
â€œSome of us have a habit of using poor means of fishing, this must stop since it affects fish production,â€ he noted.