Kasese- A consignment of immature fish that was impounded and is currently at Kasese Police Station will be auctioned, authorities have said.
The Kasese District Police Commander, Mr Michael Sabila Musani, said the suspected fish dealer is on the run after fleeing from the scene on the Kikorongo-Bwera road.
The Toyota Premio car in which he was reportedly travelling is still grounded at Bwera Police station.
The suspect was intercepted by fisheries law enforcers who accused him of attempting to smuggle the fish into Mpondwe – Lhubiriha market at the Uganda-DR Congo border on Sunday.
The Kasese District fisheries enforcement officer, Mr Julius Baluku, said the Fuso trucks were loaded with at least 20 tonnes of immature Tilapia and Nile perch.
The Rwenzori Region fisheries law enforcement officer, Mr Adam Ssemugabe, said the fish will be sold after securing a court order.
Mr Ssemugabe estimates the impounded fish to be worth more than Shs300 Million.
“We have intensified operations against illegalities in the fisheries sector. We call upon the public to support our operations,” he said.
The law enforcement officer said immature fish from depleted lakes of Uganda is smuggled into DR Congo.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor