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.
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.
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
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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.
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The fishermen also
accused the soldiers of taking their number plates and giving them to other
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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
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He asked the fishermen and residents to forget the past and
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.