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Fishermen urged to observe safety precautions

Commercial fishermen in Bondo Sub County have been cautioned against disregarding safety measures while in Lake Victoria to reduce accidents that have been on the rise.

Yimbo West Ward fishermen group Chairman, Julius Odembo, called on the fishermen particularly within the beaches of Bondo Sub-County to pay attention to weather forecasting to assist them in choosing the right conditions to go into the lake to fish.

“I am reminding you to always put on life saving jackets to make it easier to be rescued in case you are faced with a crisis in the water because during rainy seasons the tides are high,” Odembo added.

Odembo also called on the fishing community to register as voters during the ongoing mass voter registration to enable them have a voice in electing good leaders to champion their interests during next year’s General election.

He said the main challenge facing fishermen in Lake Victoria was harassment by maritime police from neighboring Uganda.

By Calvin Otieno

 

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