EXPLOSIVE DISCOVERY

Fishermen discover three bombs in Lake Victoria

In Summary

• The bombs are believed to have been used during colonial times on Lake Victoria.

• Homa Bay County DCI boss Daniel Wachira said his office had contacted bomb experts from Kisumu to examine them.

The bombs found in Lake Victoria by fishermen on April 22,2019.
The bombs found in Lake Victoria by fishermen on April 22,2019.
Image: ROBERT OMOLLO

Fear gripped fishermen in Rusinga Island, Homa Bay county after they netted three bombs suspected to have been left by colonialists.

The bombs were found trapped in fishing nets by a group of fishermen on Monday evening.

The bombs are believed to have been used during colonial times on Lake Victoria.

A fisherman said they thought they had a big catch but when they pulled the net they found the bombs.

He said most fishermen fear they may mishandle bombs unknowingly during their fishing activities in the lake.

One of the bombs found by fishermen in Lake Victoria.
One of the bombs found by fishermen in Lake Victoria.
Image: ROBERT OMOLLO

“We reported the matter to Mbita police station and the bombs are being examined by the security officers,” a fisherman said on Tuesday.  

Homa Bay County DCI boss Daniel Wachira said his office had contacted bomb experts from Kisumu to examine them.

The experts will determine their destructive power, weight and when they were dropped in the lake.

Wachira said police officers have been constantly training fishermen on the dangers of colonial bombs.

“This is not the first time the weapons have been found in the lake. We do not know the number of bombs that might have been dropped there,” Wachira said.

The police boss urged fishermen to report to them when they find suspicious items in the lake.

“Let people not try to play with such items before they are examined. Some might be active and explode when struck,” he said.