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Disbandment of Island Management Committees Excites Fishermen, Residents

Nuwagaba Abias Kamondo, the Chairperson Boda Boda Katerera disclosed that soldiers connive with the Management Committee Chairpersons to arrest them and impound their motorcycles without any justifiable cause.
From L-R Harriet Nakamya RDC Ribirizi Maj. Gen Leopold Kyanda and Hon Hatwib Katoto

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There is excitement among fishermen and residents of landing sites around Lakes Edward and George following the disbandment of Island Management Committees.

The UPDF Chief of Staff of Land Forces, Maj. Gen. Leopold Kyanda ordered the disbandment of the Committees following accusations of torture by fishermen and island dwellers.

The management committees were constituted by UPDF to work with the Fisheries Protection Unit. 

Kyanda disbanded the committees during his visit to Rubirizi district over the weekend on the directive of president, Yoweri Museveni to investigate allegations of torture and illegal arrests.  

The meeting drew fishermen from Rweshama, Kazinga, Kishenyi, Kashenyi, Katwe, Kayanja, Mashoyoro, Kayinja, Ahamukungu, Kahendero landing sites.

During the meeting, fishermen and residents narrated the ordeal they have gone through at the hands of soldiers under the Fisheries Protection Unit.

Nuwagaba Abias Kamondo, the Chairperson Boda Boda Katerera disclosed that soldiers connive with the Management Committee Chairpersons to arrest them and impound their motorcycles without any justifiable cause.

//Cue in: “Ekizibu nikikorwa abasirikale…     

Cue out: …enyanja twatwakozire omushango.”//

Some of the residents broke down emotionally as they narrated incidents of torture involving soldiers attached to the Fisheries Protection Unit led by Lt. Kato.  

//Cue in: “nkaba niduga omusiri…    

Cue out: …ebikonde byo mugongo.”//

The fishermen also accused the soldiers of taking their number plates and giving them to other people.

//Cue in: “nkatunga enamba yangye…

Cue out: …ou ntakumanya ahakuruga.”//

In his response, Major Gen Leopold Kyanda noted that most of the complaints raised by the fishermen and residents implicated management committees, which prompted their disbandment.  

//Cue in: “then ekindi ekikuru…    

Cue out: …nomurimo gweitu ogu,”//   

He asked the fishermen and residents to forget the past and support UPDF. 

Jackson Mumbere, a fisherman says they are relieved with the disbandment of the management committees, saying they will go about with their work without disturbance.  

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