A group of fishermen at Buzindeere landing site near Mutima beach where police recently mounted an operation to recover survivors, retrieve bodies and the capsized MV Templar, are fighting over a net bought by socialite Brian Kirumira alias Bryan White.
Following the MV-Templar incident which claimed over 33 revellers’ lives, Bryan White deployed himself to help police in the operations to retrieve bodies and the boat. It is at the time that he bought a net used to specifically retrieve bodies.
“Bryan White bought that net and it remained here,” one of them confirmed.
These claim that although the net cannot be used for fishing, they do not have money to buy fishing nets and yet the specific net bought by Bryan White would efficiently do the job.
“That net can do many things; it can fish as well as retrieve bodies. If Bryan White bought it and left it, we want the net,” a fisherman anonymously said.
“We have pleaded with them to give us the net but they have refused, they have instead called the army to come and take it. We are suffering and have nothing to feed our families, we need that net,” he added.
These also said they had problems with the way the family of the late Bosco Owecho, (the fisherman who died while rescuing revellers), is being helped. They said it was not right that everyone was giving support to the widow, for she is not the only one who suffered loss.
According to the Sam Tukei, the chairperson in the area, help should also be forwarded to the parents of the deceased.
“Owecho was the one supporting his father financially, so those sending help should put that in consideration. The widow can remarry even tomorrow, but the parents have lost their son forever,” he said.