Impounded Lwakataka Fish Given to Prisoners, Schools

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Mubuku, Rusese, Rukoki and Nyabirongo prisons were among the beneficiaries of a court ordered issued order by Kasese Chief Magistrate Agatonica Mbabazi to receive the impounded immature fish.

Thursday evening was quite different for some inmates in Kasese prisons and students from selected boarding schools as they feasted on fish soup courtesy of rally driver Ponsiano Lwakataka.
 
Mubuku, Rusese, Rukoki and Nyabirongo prisons were among the beneficiaries of a court ordered issued order by Kasese Chief Magistrate Agatonica Mbabazi to receive the impounded immature fish.
 
The 18 tonnes immature fish worth between shs 200-300m was impounded by the fisheries officers on Sunday near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. The fish reportedly belonged to celebrated rally driver Ponsiano Lwakataka who abandoned three vehicles as he ran for his life after a fire exchange with police.
 
The Magistrate on Wednesday afternoon had issued an order that immature fish from motor vehicle number UAF 148C be distributed to the prisons and the four boarding schools of Kasese SS, Kilembe SS, Bright Academy SS and Mount Rwenzori Girls SS.
 
She also ordered that the vehicle be grounded at court hence issuing a notice demanding the owner to show cause why the FUSO lorry cannot be sold by auction as the fisheries act demands.
 
The magistrate warned the benefiting prisons and institutions not to take the immature fish back to the market because they are prohibited by law.
 
In the presence of the Chief Magistrate and the District Police Commander Mr. Michael Sabila Musani, the fisheries officers auctioned 10 bags of silver fish (Mukene) at Shs 1.1m and also six baskets of Synodondis (commonly known as Nkolongo) at Shs 1.05m because they are not affected by the law.
 
Meanwhile, the driver claiming to be working on behalf of Lwakataka was convicted and jailed for six months for transporting illegal fish and also carrying fish without a permit.
 
The Rwenzori Regional Fisheries enforcement Officer Adam Ssemugabi said that police has promised to continue searching for Lawakataka until he is arrested because he has been engaged in an illegal activity.
 
The Kasese District Principal Fisheries Officer Julius Baluku said that the fight against illegal fishing can only be managed if the fish is blocked from reaching the market.