Homa Bay fishermen catch bullets in Lake Victoria

Four fishermen had a surprising day out on the water, reeling in more than 800 live bullets netted in Lake Victoria.

The bullets were discovered near Litare Beach in Rusinga Island on Thursday packed in a metal box.

This came after four fishermen who had gone to fish small fish locally known as omena suddenly caught the box with their fishing net.

According to Litare Beach Management Unit Chairperson Wilson Nyajwaya, some fishermen thought they had come across a precious metal in the waters. While others thought they had caught a big fish.

“Omena is usually light but we were surprised because the net was extraordinarily heavy,” said Mr Nyajwaya.

Mr Nyajwaya said they had a difficult moment in pulling the net to the shore of the Lake.

The fishermen were hesitant to open the rusted metal box and decided to hand it over to police officers.

Mbita OCPD Wilson Nanga said the bullets are useable. “We have tested and discovered that the bullets are live,” said Mr Nanga.

This is not the first time fishermen at the lake are getting unusual catches. In the recent past, six bombs were discovered in the lake.

Homa Bay County Beach Management Network Chairman Edward Oremo said some residents suspect that the weapons were discarded in the lake during World War II.

“Some elders here say they saw helicopters disposing some weapons in the lake during the second world war but they did not know what kind of weapons they were,” said Mr Oremo.

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