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Beach Management Unit in Dokolo Accused of Extortion

The unit is also being accused of illegally extorting of money from fishermen dealing in illegal fishing activities.


The Beach Management Unit-BMU in Adeknino Sub County, Dokolo District has come under criticism over allegations of corruption and human right abuses and violations.

The unit is also being accused of illegally extorting of money from fishermen dealing in illegal fishing activities.

Janet Acen, a resident of Acamo gali village also a vendor at Oturomogo market says the BMUs are acting unlawfully. Acen alleges that the committee has illegally impounded her fish stock and left her stranded and unable to cater for her family.

//Cue in: “Peko ame wan …

Cue out: …dong pe inam.’//

Jolly Akullo, another vendor said all her capital was robbed by members of the unit during the operation that left her stock impounded and her 200,000 Shillings capital stolen. Akullo wants the government to find them another alternative source of income and take action against the perpetrators of her rights.

//Cue in: “Peki ame wan …

Cue out: …oromo cwali wa.’//

The Adeknino Sub County Chairman Fredrick Ogwal says that he has received complaints from residents about the conduct of the unit. 

//Cue in: “Have been receiving …

Cue out: …for money only.’//

The Chairman of Ayei landing Beach Management Unit, Jimmy Odongo refuted the allegations.

Odongo said that some residents are disguising as BMUs and robbing the fishermen. He says that security personnel in the area should step up vigilance.

Alfred Baluku, the Dokolo District Police Commander asked the affected fishermen to report the cases to police.

Col. James Nuwagaba, the Head of the Fisheries Protection Unit says that in the past, they have warned BMUs and SPCs against carrying out operations without police permission.

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